March 15, 2020 / 10:35 PM / 14 days ago

Czech Republic restricts movement of people to slow coronavirus spread

PRAGUE, March 15 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic tightened restrictions on Sunday to combat the new coronavirus outbreak, banning people from moving around except for work, essential shopping and other necessary activities until March 24.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the new measures would take effect from midnight, adding the government recommended that those who can work from home or take holidays.

The country of 10.7 million has confirmed 253 cases of the virus with no deaths reported so far.

The restrictions come a day after the government closed most shops and restaurants for at least 10 days. Other measures include a ban on nearly all international travel from March 16 and closing schools.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka, Writing by Michael Kahn, Editing by Diane Craft

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