The Czech Republic registered a record of 16,939 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours: the Ministry of Health announced this, underlining that 52% of swabs carried out in this period gave a positive result. Since the beginning of the pandemic, CNN reports, the country has recorded a total of 718,661 infections, including 11,580 deaths. The central European country of 10.7 million people has been one of the hardest hit in the region, with its total number of detected cases reaching 718,661 and 11,580 deaths, Reuters reports.
The government had earlier announced that the country would go back to the 5th level of the anti-epidemic PES system from December 27. With the increased number of infected people by Covid-19, the Minister of Health Jan Blatný decided to announce new measures that would be effective until January 10, 2021.
The Country Returned Stricter Coronavirus Measures
The Czech Republic had tightened measures as the Christmas holidays neared. The restrictions required people to abide by the curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM. Restaurants remain closed while selling food items from 5 AM to 9 PM from the dispensing window. This flexibility was not given to the sales of alcoholic beverages from the window. The ban on alcohol consumption in public also remains in force. Accommodation services are still prohibited.
The operators must close the ski lifts from December 27 while the ski resorts will be closed.
From January 4, only students in the first and second years of primary schools, kindergartens, and special schools will go back to schools. All other schools and grades will switch to remote learning.
Restrictions and Exceptions on Other Services
Exceptions will be grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, medical supply stores, hygiene products, and cosmetics. Pet shops, newsagents, opticians, laundries, and dry cleaners also remain operational.
Services such as hairdressers and beauty salons will be closed. There is a ban on opening pools and wellness centers, excluding those located inside the medical facilities.