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Czech Republic, Slovakia see record number of cases, consider sanctions

Prague (NWN) – Prague – The Czech Republic and Slovakia reported record daily numbers of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a day before the governments of neighboring European countries plan to approve new restrictions in response to rising infections.

The Czech daily tally rose to 22,479 new cases, the previous record was nearly 5,000 on January 7 and nearly 8,000 more than a week ago.

The country’s infection rate rose to 813 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days, up from 558 a week earlier.

Czech Prime Minister Ledi Babis said the government was considering several options, including following neighboring Austria, in ordering a lockdown for unaffiliated residents. Another measure under review is no longer allowing people to attend public events or go to bars and restaurants based on coronavirus test results.

Slovakia reported 8,342 new virus cases, surpassing the previous record of 7,244 set on Friday. The Slovakian government is planning new restrictions on unvaccinated people as the country’s hospitals continue to be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Hager said his cabinet would vote on Thursday on the recommendations of an advisory group of medical experts. Among the proposals, which will be set for three weeks, are banning unvaccinated individuals from non-essential shops, shopping malls, gyms, pools, hotels and mass public gatherings.

Slovakia’s health ministry said 81% of the country’s 2,879 hospitalized COVID-19 patients have not received coronavirus vaccines.

Vaccination rates in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are lower than the average for the 27 EU countries.


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