In the Czech Republic, a far-reaching obligation to mask the mouth has now also come into effect outside the home on Wednesday. Mouth and nose cover is mandatory in built-up areas of cities and municipalities.
Exceptions apply, for example, if a distance of more than two meters can be maintained, as well as during sports. Even in the car, a face mask should be worn when people from outside the family are riding.
Mouth caps in the open-air already applied in the Czech Republic from mid-March to mid-June during the first phase of the pandemic in the spring.
The number of coronavirus infections peaked on Tuesday with 11,984 newly confirmed cases, authorities reported Wednesday. The total number of infections in the Czech Republic rose to almost 194,000.
On Wednesday it was announced that the Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Jan Hamáček, has also tested positive for the coronavirus. Hamáček (41) is the leader of the Social Democratic Party and even head of the crisis committee that coordinates logistics efforts to counter the corona pandemic.
The Czech Republic has almost 10.7 million inhabitants. More than 1,600 people have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. The country is one of the countries in Europe with the highest infection rates per 100,000 inhabitants.