Czechs order masks indoors as daily cases top 1,000 for first time

first_imgSchools fully reopened on Sept. 1 even as case numbers crept up, and restrictions from face mask rules to attendance at public events remained relatively relaxed.Masks were reintroduced on public transport last week. In the capital Prague, bars and clubs, which have been the source of several outbreaks, must close by midnight on Wednesday.The economy shrank 11% in the April-June period on an annual basis, with tourism especially hit.The Czech spike in the last two weeks has been among Europe’s fastest, outpaced only by Spain, France, Malta, Romania and Croatia, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.The Czech rate of 68.8 cases per 100,000 people compares to 20.5 in neighboring Germany.However, deaths are lower than many other places, with 441 fatalities reported as of Wednesday from 29,877 cases.Hospitalizations remain below this year’s peaks but have jumped by 78% over the past two weeks to 234. Many new cases are asymptomatic and among the younger population. Restaurant customers do not have to wear masks while consuming, and some professions including news anchors and performing artists were exempt.Prime Minister Andrej Babis urged people to help avoid another lockdown. “We have to react in a way which saves lives, at the same time we cannot afford measures of economic nature,” he told a conference in a video message.”A difficult autumn awaits us.”While the Czech Republic was among the first European countries to adopt masks and close borders and businesses at the start of the pandemic, it was also among the quickest to reopen. Czech authorities ordered people to wear face masks inside buildings from Thursday as the daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 1,000 for the first time.Health Minister Adam Vojtech announced the measure after a one-day spike of 1,164 infections.It applies to indoor spaces except homes, classrooms and workplaces where 2-metre distancing is possible.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Josh Hill climbs leaderboard in second day at European Young Masters

first_img Josh Hill carded a five-under par 67 to climb 22 places up the leaderboard on the second day of the European Young Masters at Kunĕtická Golf & Spa in the Czech Republic.The 15-year-old Dubai-based player goes into the final round tied in eleventh place on four-under par 140 ten shots adrift of Norway’s Michael Alexander Mjaaseth who leads the field by two shots on 14-under par 130 after adding a 66 to his opening round of 64.Jack Bigham from Harpenden carded a second successive one under par 71 to sit in a share of 21st place on 142.The leading GB & I player in the boys’ competition is Ireland’s Joshua Hill who carded rounds of 70 and 69 to claim a share of eighth place on the leaderboard on 139 just a week after winning the English Boys’ Under 16 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (McGregor Trophy) at Radcliffe-on-Trent.Lottie Woad remains in contention for a medal in the girls’ event being played at the same venue.The 15-year-old from Farnham added a 71 to her opening 6 and is currently tied-sixth alongside Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo and Antonia Zacharovska from the Czech Republic on four-under par 140. The leader is Germany’s Paula Schulz-Hanssen who is a single shot ahead of France’s Lilas Pinthier after firing opening rounds of 69 and 67.England’s other representative Patience Rhodes from Burnham & Berrow is in 42nd place on 155 after recording two rounds of 77.View leaderboardPhoto credit: Luboš Klikar, European Golf Association Tags: EGA, European young Masters, Jack Bigham, Josh Hill, Lottie Woad, Patience Rhodes 26 Jul 2019 Josh Hill climbs leaderboard in second day at European Young Masters last_img read more