Czechs record highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since March – Community News

Czechs record highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since March

Health workers speak to a homeless person infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a hotel rented by Prague City Hall, where homeless people who have contracted COVID-19 can recover, in Prague, Czech Republic, March 22, 2021. REUTERS /David W Cerny

PRAGUE, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Czech authorities recorded 14,539 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the highest daily number since mid-March and close to the highest level ever recorded in January, health ministry data showed when a vaccination campaign started.

The outgoing government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis has rejected the imposition of a lockdown or similar restrictions despite numbers growing steadily in recent weeks, saying vaccinations were the way to tame the new wave of the pandemic.

The Czech Republic had 6.14 million fully vaccinated people among its population of 10.7 million as of November 9.

With 58.7% of the total population vaccinated, the country is below the European Union average of 64.6%, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The latest vaccination campaign uses graphics of COVID-19 victims, accompanied by slogans such as, “He didn’t find the time to get vaccinated.”

The number of hospital admissions grew to 3,295, including 462 people in intensive care, in the country’s 10.7 million.

Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Clarence Fernandez & Simon Cameron-Moore

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