Czech Republic and Portugal Implement Strict Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Rise

The Czech Republic and Portugal have imposed more strict restrictions in an attempt to curb the spike in the new COVID-19 infections and related deaths.

This comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in various parts of Europe.

The Czech Republic announced a 30 days state of emergency starting from today (Friday) as the country sees a high record in new cases.

Czech Health Minister, Adam Vojtech said that as part of the government’s anti-COVID measures, all Christmas markets across the country are banned and people will not be allowed to consume alcohol in public places.

Moreover, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa announced on Thursday that the country will reintroduce tighter pandemic restrictions.

At least 86 percent of the Portugal population has been vaccinated against COVID-19

Costa said though his country did not see a new surge in infections, they are compelled to act seriously as other parts of Europe see a surge on the scale of new cases and deaths.

The World Health Organization had earlier warned that Europe and Central Asia could face another 700,000 COVID-19 deaths by March 1.

It said deaths due to COVID-19 rose to nearly 4,200 per day last week — a doubling of levels recorded at the end of September. Cumulative deaths have now reached 1.5 million in WHO’s European region, which covers 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia.

“Cumulative reported deaths are projected to reach over 2.2 million by spring next year, based on current trends,” the UN health body said in a statement.

“Today, the COVID-19 situation across Europe and Central Asia is very serious. We face a challenging winter ahead, but we should not be without hope, because all of us — governments, health authorities, individuals — can take decisive action to stabilise the pandemic,” said Dr Hans Kluge, the regional director for WHO Europe.

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