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.

“Should we need to have some deeper measures [against the epidemic], then the emergency state will be necessary,” Vojtech said in a televised debate.

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The Czech Republic has been been facing the second wave of infections of COVID-19 [Petr David Josek/AP]

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 done,” he said.

The ‘R’ number measures how many people are likely to get infected by one person that carries the virus.

Aljazeera

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