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The Czech Republic on Wednesday approved a slew of new measures to stem a massive increase in coronavirus infections, which have reached levels unseen since late April.

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Face coverings will be mandatory at workplaces from Monday. And by November 1, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other indoor venues will be required to check whether patrons have the required COVID-19 certificate confirming they have been vaccinated, tested negative, or tested positive for the virus. has been recovered.

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The government also decided to limit the time for which negative tests are valid. National health insurance also will no longer cover the cost of coronavirus tests for non-medical purposes such as traveling or going to restaurants, to motivate more people to get vaccinated.

The Czech Republic’s day-to-day increase in new COVID-19 cases reached 3,246 on Tuesday, more than double the number of cases a week earlier. The health ministry said on Wednesday that it was the highest number since April 20. New infections crossed 100 per 100,000 people in seven days with 117 positive cases.

Along with the spike in COVID-19 infections is the increasing number of people who need hospitalization and rising COVID-19 deaths. There were a total of 620 COVID-19 patients in Czech hospitals on Tuesday, of whom about 100 were in critical condition. This is more than double what it was two weeks ago.

51 people have died of COVID-19 in the last seven days.

The Czech Republic has been one of the hardest-hit of the 27 EU countries in the pandemic, with 1.7 million confirmed COVID-19 infections and 30,574 deaths.

In a country of 10.7 million, just over 6 million people have been fully vaccinated, which is less than the EU average.

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