PRAGUE: The Czech government could declare a state of emergency if a recent spike in coronavirus cases continues in the coming days, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said.
The Czech Republic’s daily count of new coronavirus cases has reached record highs in recent days and the country of 10.7 million had reported a total of 48,306 cases as of Saturday, Health Ministry data showed.
“Should we need to have some deeper measures (against the epidemic), then the emergency state will be necessary,” Vojtech said in a televised debate on Sunday.
The government should debate this step on Monday, Vojtech said, added that he would not yet propose declaration of a state of emergency.
“We have not seen an escalation. The ‘R’ (reproduction) number is around 1.6. We will have to assess it based on weekdays when more tests are…