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Czech Republic: Non-essential shops close as restrictions tighten following record COVID surge

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Non-essential shops were closed and streets were half-empty in Prague on Thursday, one day after the Czech government announced new coronavirus restrictions targeting non-essential businesses and limiting movement.

As part of the new restrictions, only essential shops remain open and meetings of only two people are allowed, as the country’s daily rate of new COVID-19 cases soared to a record one-day tally of 14,968 on Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry.

People are not allowed to leave their homes, with the exception of travelling to work, visiting relatives, buying food and other necessities, or seeing a doctor.

Czech Republic has reported almost 209,000 coronavirus cases and 1,739 related deaths since March, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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