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The Czech Republic is introducing a state of emergency in connection with the COVID-19 epidemic

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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.

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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.

Patient transport with COVID-19 from Brno to PraguePAP / EPA / MARTIN DIVISEK

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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.

Charles Bridge in PraguePAP / EPA / MARTIN DIVISEK

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.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / MARTIN DIVISEK



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