Left Menu
Development News Edition

Czechs to wait two weeks before considering full lockdown

The Czech Republic, which has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe, will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to order a full lockdown to stem its epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlicek said on Sunday.

Reuters | Updated: 18-10-2020 18:58 IST | Created: 18-10-2020 18:58 IST
Czechs to wait two weeks before considering full lockdown

The Czech Republic, which has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe, will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to order a full lockdown to stem its epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlicek said on Sunday. In the past week, bars and restaurants have been ordered to close except for takeout orders, and schools have been shifted to distance learning. Sport and fitness clubs, theatres and cinemas had already been shut, but shops have remained open.

On Saturday, the Czech Republic reported 8,713 new coronavirus cases, its largest daily total at a weekend. And the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said it had registered 828 cases per 100,000 population in the last two weeks, more than 10 times the rate in neighbouring Germany. Since Czech schools reopened in September, the cumulative number of cases has risen almost seven times.

"We will not decide this week about a lockdown," Havlicek said on Czech Television. "We have clearly said we will wait (until Nov. 2) for results." Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said on CNN Prima's Sunday show the combination of new measures should help cut the R number, which measures the average spread from one infected person, by 30-40%. A number above 1.0 indicates an exponential increase, and the current rate is estimated at around 1.4.

The growth in cases, with almost 100,000 since the start of October in a country of 10.7 million, and 1,352 deaths from COVID-19, is forcing authorities to make plans for field hospitals and foreign help. Around 500 sports fans, including militant soccer supporters' groups known as ultras, protested in Prague on Sunday against the coronavirus restrictions, defying a ban on gatherings.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Guinea’s elections hearken back to the autocracy and violence of its past

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Goa IPB cleared 7 proposals on Monday, says CM

The Goa Investment PromotionBoard IPB on Monday approved seven proposals, Chief MinisterPramod Sawant saidSawant said the board would meet once in a month tostreamline investment proposals and its rules were beingamended to bring about a si...

Thai protesters march on German embassy to seek probe of king

Thousands of protesters marched on the German embassy in Bangkok on Monday to ask for an investigation of the Thai kings activities during stays in Germany, as months of protests give rise to growing calls for reforms of the monarchy. Germa...

BSF hands over eight Bangladeshis to BGB

Eight Bangladeshis, who had entered India illegally earlier in the month, were handed over to the Border Guard Bangladesh BGB by the BSF, as a goodwill gesture between the two forces, a statement by the countrys paramilitary force said on M...

German govt raises 2020 GDP forecast to -5.5% - source

The German government will revise upwards its forecast for growth domestic product GDP for 2020 when it presents an update to its estimates this week, a source familiar with the governments forecast told Reuters on Monday. The government no...

Give Feedback