Covid-induced state of emergency will not lead to major restrictions – Czech PM

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According to the interior minister, Jan Hamáček, Czechia currently has around 2,000 new Covid cases a day, while the total count of active infections stands at around 34,000. “Doing nothing in this situation is an incredible gamble,” he said.

Last Thursday, new regulations were introduced in the country, which has a population of 10.7 million. They limit restaurants and bars’ opening hours, and make wearing masks in public places mandatory.

On Sunday, around 400 people gathered in Prague to protest against the new Covid-19 regulations, displaying banners with the slogans “we don’t want vaccines, we want freedom” and “we stand for the collective immunity.” Demonstrators accused the government of spreading fear and demanded to have a choice about wearing masks.

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