Thousands of Czechs demonstrate against COVID19 restrictions

Thousands of Czechs gathered in Prague's Wenceslas Square on Sunday, waving flags and screaming anti-COVID-19 slogans despite an increase of COVID-19 infections.

Protesters were mostly against stricter restrictions for unvaccinated people, such as a prohibition on dining in restaurants.

"The government should pay attention to the desires of the people. We're on the way to hell because of the preparations and limitations "Zuzana Vozabova, who accompanied the demonstration with a drum, remarked.

On Wednesday, the country of 10.7 million people recorded its highest daily total of infections - 54,689 - and the figures on other recent days have been among the highest since the outbreak began.

Despite the rising numbers, the government last week repealed a regulation that made COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for critical professions and anyone over the age of 60 in order to avoid "deepening fractures" in society.

As it prepares for the Omicron variety, Prime Minister Petr Fiala's centre-right ruling coalition has reduced quarantine and isolation timeframes, as well as beginning obligatory staff testing at businesses.

As of Saturday, there had been 1,989 hospitalizations, significantly fewer than the 7,000 reported during the previous high around the turn of last November and December.

Since the start of the epidemic, the country has reported 37,184 coronavirus fatalities, one of the highest rates per capita in the world.

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