The Czech Republic has again declared a state of emergency due to the flaring up of the corona crisis. Prime Minister Andrej Babis confirmed this to news agency CTK.
The measure will take effect at midnight on Thursday and will apply for the next 30 days.
Earlier this week, the outgoing government, in consultation with the governors of the Czech regions, concluded that the situation was not yet very alarming. However, the Czech health authorities again reported more than 18,000 new corona infections on a population of 10.7 million people on Thursday. So far, about 58 percent of them have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
In order to be able to proceed with the further restrictions deemed necessary, Babis had to declare a state of emergency. This offers him the opportunity, for example, to ban major events, close bars and restaurants or possibly proceed with a complete lockdown.
The 2G rule – access only for vaccinated and/or cured Covid-19 patients – was introduced early this week because the restrictions already in place could not contain the virus.