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Czech Republic Witnesses New COVID Wave

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Czech Republic has recorded its highest daily COVID cases since May 2021, sparking fears of a new COVID wave.

The country has recorded 588 new cases of coronavirus, while government officials predict a continued rise in infections.

Czech Republic was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic in earlier waves.

It has seen low infection rates since the summer months.

However, it has reported 25 cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks.

Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the government was not planning a return to broad lockdown measures .

But Czech Republic health authorities say local measures could be used in some instances.

236000 COVID-19 Deaths by December!

The World Health Organization (WHO) expected that another 236,000 people could die from COVID-19 in Europe by December 1.

The health organisation raised the alarm over the rising infections and stagnating vaccine rates on the continent.

“Last week, there was an 11 percent increase in the number of deaths in the region – one reliable projection is expecting 236,000 deaths in Europe, by December 1,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said.

Kluge said the Delta variant was partly to blame, along with an “exaggerated easing” of restrictions and measures and a surge in summer travel.

“In the past six weeks, it has fallen by 14 percent, influenced by a lack of access to vaccines in some countries and a lack of vaccine acceptance in others,” Kluge said, urging countries to “increase production, share doses, and improve access”.

“Vaccine scepticism and science denial is holding us back from stabilising this crisis. It serves no purpose, and is good for no one.”

The warning comes as the WHO and UNICEF urged European countries earlier on Monday to make teachers a priority group for vaccination so schools can stay open throughout the pandemic.

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