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Demonstrators gather to protest the government’s restrictive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 during celebrations for the 32nd anniversary of the pro-democracy Velvet Revolution that ended Communist rule in 1989 in Prague, Republic Czech, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (AP Photo / Petr David Josek)

PRAGUE (AP) – Rates of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic hit a new record for the second time this week, the health ministry said on Saturday.

He said the daily tally jumped to 22,936 on Friday, nearly 500 more than the previous record set on Tuesday.

The country’s infection rate has risen to 929 new cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days.

Worryingly, 110 people died on Thursday, the ministry said, with the daily death toll surpassing 100 for the first time since April.

The government has approved new restrictions to fight the wave, targeting the unvaccinated with the aim of increasing a vaccination rate below the European Union average.

As of Monday, most unvaccinated people will no longer be allowed to test negative for coronavirus in order to attend public events, go to bars and restaurants, visit hairdressers, museums and facilities similar or using hotels.

Only people vaccinated or cured of COVID-19 will remain eligible.

Overall, the nation of 10.7 million people has recorded nearly 2 million cases with 32,005 deaths.

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