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The Czech authorities have reported that approximately 1 in 10 positives for coronavirus correspond to the British variant of the coronavirus, much more contagious than the original.

In addition, they have accounted for 2,618 new infections and 63 deaths this Monday, adding up to 891,852 cases and 14,449 deaths related to COVID-19.

Among the new cases is that of the Czech Foreign Minister, Tomas Petrícek, who has reported a positive antigen test carried out on Sunday and later confirmed by PCR. Petrícek suffers from fatigue, but has no severe symptoms. He is the fourth member of the Government to be infected.

The Czech government has approved extending the state of emergency until February 21, but the measure has yet to be ratified in Parliament.

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