In the Czech Republic, the corona numbers are skyrocketing. Now the government is taking drastic measures that come close to a nationwide lockdown. Almost all shops close, there are exit restrictions.
The number of new corona infections in the Czech Republic has reached a record high. The Department of Health reported 11,984 confirmed new cases as of Tuesday. That number is almost 900 above Friday’s previous record.
The health system is now at the limits of its capacity, said Minister Roman Prymula. Almost all shops will have to close from Thursday morning, he said. Exceptions include grocery stores, drug stores and pharmacies.
Exit restrictions like in spring
In addition, exit restrictions are being imposed, as in the spring: The government ordered that people must limit their contact with other people to the “absolutely necessary time”. This does not apply to the way to work, necessary shopping, doctor and family visits. Walks in parks and the great outdoors are also permitted.
As of today, an extensive mask requirement also applies outdoors. Mouth and nose covering is mandatory within the built-up area of cities and municipalities. Exceptions apply, among other things, if a distance of more than two meters can be maintained, as well as during sports. A mask must even be worn in the car if people outside the family are traveling with you.
A third of all cases in the past week
The obligation to wear masks outdoors was already in effect from mid-March to mid-June during the first phase of the pandemic in spring.
The Czech Republic has almost 10.7 million inhabitants. A total of 193,246 cases have been registered since the pandemic began – around a third of them in the past seven days alone. More than 1,600 people died in connection with Covid 19 disease. The country is one of the countries in Europe with the highest infection rates per 100,000 inhabitants.