Czech PM tells health minister to quit after lockdown violation

Czech health minister breaks virus rules asked to resign

"We can not preach water and drink wine".

Last Sunday, thousands of protesters including radical football fans upset with the restrictions demanded Prymula's resignation at a rally in Prague.

Earlier he became medical ministry, Prymula was a deputy health minister that headed the government's answer to this coronavirus pandemic for some while at the spring.

In an interview with Respekt, Prymula said that he "didn't break any particular measure" and the only mistake has been not wearing the face mask when getting into the vehicle.

Prymula denied any wrongdoing and refused to resign, further escalating the emergency. Restaurants were also closed, except for take-away food.

"I haven't broken anything", he said. It forms the government with the Babis-led populist ANO movement that had nominated Prymula.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis Friday called on Health Minister Roman Prymula to resign after the tabloid Blesk published pictures of Prymula leaving a restaurant late at night and entering a auto without a face mask.


Prymula, an epidemiologist, later assumed a different post, as a government health care envoy.

"He had been appointed just a month past as a" crisis manager" to direct the nation's response to this pandemic as fresh diseases had been on a steep increase.

Prymula became health minister on September 12, and he imposed a series of tough regulations in attempts to slow the steep rise of infections. Professional sports competitions are banned.

Prymula stated the health system could fall approximately November 10 when the steps were not taken, Prymula explained.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Czech Republic has registered 208,915 confirmed infections, about one third of them in the past seven days, and 1,739 people have died - with a record 100 deaths registered Monday.

The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital has surpassed 5000 for the first time, putting the health system under pressure.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases has risen over the past two weeks from 32.81 new cases per 100,000 people on October 7 to 92.88 new cases per 100,000 people on Wednesday.

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