FILE PHOTO: A member of a mobile vaccination team prepares a shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Home of Holy Family, for people with mental disabilities of welfare organisation Caritas, in Prague, Czech Republic, January 13, 2021.
REUTERS/David W Cerny/File PhotoPRAGUE (Reuters) - The lower house of the Czech parliament on Thursday extended the country’s state of emergency until Feb. 14, a week less than the government had wanted as it seeks to keep in place measures to tamp down coronavirus infections.
The extension, pushed through with support of the Communist party, provides the government with a legal basis for some measures such as limits on assembly and movement, or temporarily shuttering businesses.
The country of 10.7 million has been one of the worst-hit globally with 14,973 deaths so far and over 150 deaths most days this month as many hospitals are filled to capacity.
Officials have also said the number of those hospitalized with Covid-19 needs to fall by more than half to below 3,000 patients for the government to consider lifting some restrictions.
David W Cerny, Jan Blatny
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