Stricter Measures From Tomorrow: Cinemas and Theaters to Close, Quarantine in Hotels

Wednesday saw another record one-day number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic: 5,335.

The number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic is now higher than all other EU countries in the past 14 days, per capita.

Minister of Health Roman Prymula (ANO) announced stricter measures will be released on Friday, October 8.

Prymula told the daily Mf Dnes that measures to halt the spike in coronavirus infections may include 14-day closure of theatres and cinemas and possibly the second grade of elementary schools. People ordered into quarantine may stay in hotels if they cannot isolate themselves from family members at home.

“We will provide the citizens the opportunity to spend the quarantine for ten days at hotels, so we can reduce the risk to infect other family members,” said the Minister

On Wednesday, the Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek (ČSSD) announced that he would not support further restrictions on cultural events unless he received more money to save the culture.

The government wants to avoid putting too much strain on its hospitals and has said enough beds are still available but further increases in infections could require the reorganization of care and the postponing of non-urgent procedures.

“The new measures would not affect the economy, but leisure activities and would apply for two weeks,” Prymula announced.

The Czech Republic reported 5,335 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the highest one-day tally since the pandemic started, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday.

The rise surpassed a previous record of 4,457 reported the previous day as the country had Europe’s fastest per-capita spike in cases in the past two weeks. In total, it has recorded 95,0360 cases since March, along with 829 deaths.

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