Czech President Miloš Zeman has been fired from the capital’s military hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus
PRAGUE — Czech President Miloš Zeman was fired from the capital’s military hospital on Saturday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Zeman, 77, had already been discharged on Thursday after more than a month of treatment for an undisclosed illness, but was only readmitted hours later after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The president was given monoclonal antibodies, a standard treatment for people in high-risk groups. He is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster. Zeman has no symptoms of COVID-19, the hospital said.
Zeman, a heavy smoker and drinker who suffers from diabetes, has difficulty walking and uses a wheelchair.
The ceremony was supposed to take place on Friday, but the president’s new hospitalization prevented that.
The office said the ceremony will be organized in accordance with current coronavirus measures, but details were not known. Those who test positive have to isolate themselves in the Czech Republic for two weeks.
The country is facing a record wave of a new wave of infections. The new daily rise reached a record high of nearly 28,000 cases on Thursday. The infection rate was 1,207 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days.
In total, the country of 10.7 million has recorded more than 2.1 million cases with 32,744 deaths.
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