Ian Patrick, FISM News
The Czech capital Prague is experiencing a rise in new coronavirus cases and, subsequently, new lockdown measures.. Prague chief public health officer Zdenka Jagrova said that under the new restrictions, which come into effect on Sept. 9, bars and clubs in Prague will have to close by midnight. People will be required to wear protective masks in shops and shopping centers in the Czech capital, and children must wear masks in common areas in schools from Sept. 14.
The number of new coronavirus cases registered in the Czech Republic has hit new daily highs, with 680 new cases reported on Thursday. The country of 10.7 million moved quickly in March to implement tough measures to curb new infections. As of Sept. 3, it had recorded a total 26,452 infections with 426 coronavirus-related deaths. Many restrictions were lifted over the summer months, but officials ordered the return of face masks on public transport from Sept. 1 as cases rose.
Over the past two weeks, Czechs reported 50.5 cases per 100,000 people according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), an EU agency.
Sourced from Reuters America Wire, edited for brevity.