Czechs to Tighten Coronavirus Measures as Infections Soar: PM | World News

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech government will tighten coronavirus measures from Wednesday to curb soaring infections and hospitalisations but will seek to avoid the kind of blanket lockdown imposed in the spring, government officials said on Sunday.

The nation of 10.7 million has recorded Europe’s fastest rate of growth in new cases per capita in recent weeks after authorities eased most restrictions during the summer following a tough lockdown at the start of the pandemic.

“We have to decide on further measures, that will happen on Monday at the government session, and the measures will be effective from Wednesday,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis said in a video message on YouTube.

He did not give any details on the measures.

Finance Minister Alena Schillerova said earlier on Sunday that the government sought to avoid the complete lockdown the country experienced in spring.

“We don’t want to switch off the economy. We

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Czechs Shut Culture, Sports Venues, Limit Restaurants as COVID-19 Cases Surge | World News

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech government will tighten anti-coronavirus measures from next week with new curbs on sports and cultural venues and restaurants as the country struggles with a surge of new cases, Health Minister Roman Prymula said on Thursday.

Prymula said an unwillingness to respect existing rules was undermining their efficiency.

Sports facilities, including pools and fitness clubs, and all cultural venues will shut for two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 infections, which have soared to Europe’s fastest rate per capita.

The government also ordered restaurants to close at 8 p.m. and limit their capacity to four people per table. Pupils in the upper level of elementary schools will alternate in-class and distance learning.

All sports competitions will be suspended, with possible exceptions for international games without spectators. The measures will be phased in on Friday and Monday.

Data showed new COVID-19 cases had

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Czechs replace health minister amid record infection surge

The Czech government is appointing an epidemiologist as the new health minister as the country struggles with a surge of infections

The outgoing minister, Adam Vojtech, resigned from his post on Monday, saying his departure was meant to create space for a possible different approach to the pandemic.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in announcing Prymula’s selection, said it was a moment for “crisis management.”

President Milos Zeman said he planned to swear in epidemiologist Roman Prymula to the post later Monday.

As deputy health minister, Prymula led the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic for a time in the spring.

The country recorded a relatively low number of COVID-19

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