Published on : Friday, October 22, 2021
The Czech Republic recently approved several new measures to control the steady rise in coronavirus infections, which have reached the peak last seen since in late April. From Monday, all workplaces are required to mandate face coverings.
As of November 1, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other indoor places will need to check whether the patrons have the required COVID-19 certificate confirming they have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from the virus.
The government also decided to limit the time for which negative tests are valid. The national health insurance also will not cover the costs of coronavirus tests now for non-medical purposes such as travelling or visiting restaurants, in an effort to motivate more people to get vaccinated.
The Czech Republic’s day-to-day increase in new COVID-19 cases reached 3,246 on Tuesday, more than double the cases a week ago. It was the highest number since April 20, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The new infections surpassed 100 per 100,000 people in seven days with 117 positive cases.
The spike in COVID-19 infections has been accompanied by increasing numbers of people who need hospitalization and rising COVID-19 deaths. A total of 620 COVID-19 patients were in Czech hospitals on Tuesday, with about 100 of them in serious condition. That is more than twice as many as two weeks ago.
In last seven days, 51 people have died of COVID-19. The Czech Republic has been one of the hardest hit of the European Union’s 27 countries in the pandemic, with 1.7 million confirmed COVID-19 infections and 30,574 deaths. Only just over 6 million have been fully vaccinated in the nation of 10.7 million, which is below the EU average.