After 26,000 infections were reported each day, the new government will take office on Friday.
PRAGUE – On Thursday, the government of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced a series of measures to contain the deteriorating coronavirus pandemic in the Central European country on its last day of office.
Babis informed reporters that the 30-day emergency would be in effect at midnight on Thursday. Nearly 26,000 new infections per day will follow two days later. The government is authorized to enforce strict rules regarding movement in the event that natural disasters occur.
Beginning Friday, all restaurants, bars, and nightclubs will be closed at 10 p.m. Public drinking is also prohibited. Food consumption in shopping centers is also prohibited.
Up to 1,000 people can also participate in educational, cultural, and sports activities. However, they must have been vaccinated within the last six months. Other mass activities, such as parties, celebrations or dances, will be restricted to 100 people. The funeral can still be attended by unlimited people.
It is unclear how many restrictions will be continued to be in place as Friday’s new government comes to power.Peter Fiala President Milos Zeman elected Babis to the government last month. He is now expected to take office.
Most of Europe saw an increase in COVID cases around the time the new measures were implemented. Our World in Data reports that the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria are the top three countries affected by COVID cases. This order shows that the per-capita infection rate is the highest anywhere in the world.
On Wednesday, the Slovak government announced a two-week lockdown and a 90-day state of emergency because the country’s hospitals were already crowded with critically ill patients.