Thousands rally in the Czech capital to protest against the government’s restrictive measures to tackle a record surge of coronavirus infections
In Prague’s Letna Park, protesters chanted “Freedom!” Slogans. and “We’ve had enough!” When displaying banners such as “My Body is My Choice” display banners discouraging vaccination.
The police did not intervene.
The country is repeatedly setting records in new daily infections, with cases reaching a record high of nearly 28,000 on Thursday. The infection rate was 1,191 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days. Overall, the nation of 10.7 million has registered over 2.1 million cases with 32,837 COVID-related deaths. It has a low vaccination rate compared to many other EU countries.
The Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions on Friday in its effort to tackle the escalation. Among them, all Christmas markets across the country were banned and bars, restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques and casinos would have to close at 10 pm.
Cultural and sporting events in the Czech Republic are now limited to 1,000 people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, while all other public gatherings below 1,000 can attend only 100 visitors.
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