Czech Republic closes all bars, restaurants over coronavirus spikesChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 15, 2020
Tougher measures went into effect in the Czech Republic as the country battles one of Europe's highest coronavirus spikes.
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Other measures already in force include closing all restaurants, bars and clubs and banning gatherings of more than six people.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is banned in public places, and it is now mandatory to wear face masks at outdoor public transport (train, tram and bus) stops.
Hospitals in the Czech Republic have also begun postponing non-urgent medical procedures.
Most measures will apply until the end of the current state of emergency on Nov. 3.
The education-related restrictions are valid at least until Nov. 1.
A state of emergency has been in force in the whole territory of the Czech Republic since Oct. 5.
On Tuesday, the country reported 8,325 new confirmed cases of the disease, the second highest daily count since the pandemic started.
It was only the second time this number had surpassed 8,000, according to the Health Ministry.
This total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 129,747.
Hospitalizations and deaths have risen to 2,503 and 1,106, respectively.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), face masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress coronavirus transmission and save lives. ■