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PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic, which has the very best coronavirus an infection fee in Europe, will wait at the least two weeks earlier than deciding whether or not to order a full lockdown to stem its epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlicek mentioned on Sunday.

Prior to now week, bars and eating places have been ordered to shut apart from takeout orders, and faculties have been shifted to distance studying. Sport and health golf equipment, theatres and cinemas had already been shut, however outlets have remained open.

On Saturday, the Czech Republic reported 8,713 new coronavirus circumstances, its largest day by day complete at a weekend. And the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management mentioned it had registered 828 circumstances per 100,000 inhabitants within the final two weeks, greater than 10 occasions the speed in neighbouring Germany.

Since Czech faculties reopened in September, the cumulative variety of circumstances has risen nearly seven occasions.

“We won’t determine this week a few lockdown,” Havlicek mentioned on Czech Tv. “We now have clearly mentioned we are going to wait (till Nov. 2) for outcomes.”

Inside Minister Jan Hamacek mentioned on CNN Prima’s Sunday present the mix of latest measures ought to assist lower the R quantity, which measures the typical unfold from one contaminated particular person, by 30-40%. A quantity above 1.0 signifies an exponential enhance, and the present fee is estimated at round 1.4.

The expansion in circumstances, with nearly 100,000 because the begin of October in a rustic of 10.7 million, and 1,352 deaths from COVID-19, is forcing authorities to make plans for area hospitals and overseas assist.

Round 500 sports activities followers, together with militant soccer supporters’ teams often called ultras, protested in Prague on Sunday in opposition to the coronavirus restrictions, defying a ban on gatherings.

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