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Czech president appoints new PM from plexiglass cube

At Prague’s Letna Park, the protesters chanted “Freedom!” and “We’ve had enough!” while displaying banners that discouraged getting vaccinated such as ones reading”My body my choice.”

Police didn’t intervene.

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The country has been setting repeated records in new daily infections, hitting a record high of almost 28,000 cases on Thursday. The infection rate was at 1191 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days. Overall, the nation of 10.7 million has registered over 2.1 million cases with 32,837 COVID-related deaths.

Only 58.5 per cent of Czechs are vaccinated against coronavirus. This compares to a European Union average of 65.8 per cent, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional coronavirus restrictions on Friday in its effort to tackle the surge. Among them, all Christmas markets across the country were banned and bars, restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques and casinos have to close at 10 pm.

A general view of a Christmas market in Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic.Credit:AP

The number of people at cultural and sports events in the Czech Republic is now limited to 1000 who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 while all other public gatherings can be attended by only up to 100 visitors, down from 1000.

Zeman performed the inauguration ceremony from a plexiglass cubicle after testing positive for coronavirus. Zeman, who arrived in a wheelchair escorted by a medic in full protective gear, contracted the virus after a six-week stay in hospital for an unrelated illness.

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