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The Czech Prime Minister regrets the hasty easing of restrictions on Covid-19

Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrejs Babišs on Monday, his government acknowledged that it had made a mistake in hastily easing measures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 in the summer.

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Babish regretted that European governments were struggling with the second wave of Covid-19 infections after the summer holiday months, when the number of these infections began to rise sharply.

“Even I was excited about the coming summer and the general mood. It was a mistake I don’t want to make again,” Babish said in a televised speech.

In the spring, the Czech government limited the pandemic with timely measures, including mandatory indoor face masks, but lifted most of these measures before the summer holidays.

Last Thursday, 3,130 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic, the highest number ever in a single day and almost the same as in March.

Interior Minister Jan Hammach said the Czech Republic is now in second place in the European Union (EU) in terms of the number of new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants, behind Spain alone.

“The situation is serious. Experts say that if we exceed 120,000 new infections a month, we will start to run out of beds in hospitals. We will do everything we can to prevent this,” Hammach said.

As the number of people infected with the new coronavirus rose sharply, Health Minister Adam Wojte resigned in the Czech Republic on Monday. He was appointed epidemiologist Roman Primula, who has helped coordinate the government’s efforts to curb the infection.

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