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Czech govt bars unvaccinated from restaurants, services as COVID cases jump

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Czechs, Slovaks target unvaccinated people in step behind Austria
Czechs, Slovaks target unvaccinated people in step behind Austria   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">PRAGUE</span> – The Czech government has approved plans to only allow those who are vaccinated against <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 or have recovered from the illness in the past six months into restaurants, events and other services from Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday.</p> <p>The government had flagged the new measures this week as the country battles a surge in <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases and seeks to boost vaccination numbers in the nation of 10.7 million.</p> <p>The state will also require testing for <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 at companies as part of new measures, similar to a set-up it had earlier this year during the last major wave of the pandemic. </p> <p>The country had a record 22,511 cases on Tuesday. Hospitals have been filling up, although the number of patients, at about 4,500, is still at about half of the peaks seen in March.</p> <p>The country’s vaccination rate is below the European Union average, with 58% of the total population inoculated.</p> <p/> </div>