The Czech government decided to introduce a state of emergency for 30 days. It is about the worsening epidemic situation in the country. This is the third time the Czechs have decided to take such a step.
The state of emergency will take effect immediately: during the night from Thursday to Friday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babisz confirmed. This is a response to the postulates of the local health ministry. Babisz just a few days ago declared that he would not decide to introduce a state of emergency.
The extraordinary regulation will most likely be accompanied by restrictions. Speech is, inter alia, about the cancellation of Christmas markets, mass events with the participation of more than a thousand people and the closure of restaurants, bars and clubs at night. Details are being agreed and are to be presented at a press conference of the prime minister and the minister of health.
18,004 new cases of coronavirus infection and 33 deaths were confirmed in the Czech Republic on Thursday. Yesterday there were almost 26,000 new cases there – the highest daily balance since the beginning of the epidemic in this country.
The Cabinet of Babisz, which has already resigned after the elections on 8 and 9 October, has to deal with the current wave of the pandemic. The new prime minister, Petr Fiala, is due to be nominated on Friday, November 26.
In the Czech Republic, a state of emergency in connection with the epidemic was first declared on March 12, 2020 (until May 17), and the second time – on October 5, 2020. In the second case, after extensions, it was valid until April 11.
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