Czech Republic reports 10273 new COVID-19 cases, deaths climb by 164

Elias Hubbard
October 28, 2020

However, the proposal has yet to be approved by the Chamber of Deputies, which should decide this Friday.

The Czech Republic reported 10,273 new COVID-19 cases on Monday as it faces one of Europe's biggest surges in infections, according to health ministry data, .

Earlier, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrei Babish demanded the resignation of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Roman Prymula in connection with his violation of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

He added the government would introduce a curfew from 2000 GMT to 0359 GMT from Wednesday until November 3 to curb movement, though exceptions would allow people to travel to work or walk their dogs. The Parliament is expected to take a vote on the request to extend the state of emergency until Dec 3.

The Czech Republic, a country of 10.7 million, has reported on average more than 12,000 cases a day over the last week and its R number is estimated at 1.36.

Last week as Babis shut down the country's retail sector, he warned that the hospitals were nearing full capacity and that the health system would "collapse" between November 7-11 if the infection rate remained as it was.

"The reason is the need to extend the crisis measures taken, without which we can not cope with the current pandemic", the PM said on Tuesday.

The country has witnessed rapid increase of new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

The nation recorded 2,365 deaths since March, with 748 confirmed in the last week.

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