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Czech Republic reports 11,984 new coronavirus cases, highest daily tally

FILE PHOTO: A medical staff member wearing a protective suit waits for people who will be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of a recently opened sampling station inside of closed music club in Prague, Czech Republic, October 20, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic reported 11,984 new cases of coronavirus for Oct. 20, the highest daily tally on record, as the country is struggling with a surge in recent weeks.

The number of people who died of the COVID-19 disease rose to 1,619 from 1,513 over the past 24 hours in the country of 10.7 million, Health Ministry data showed on Wednesday.

The data on casualties are being assigned to a number of previous days as reports come in with a delay.

The government is to meet at an extraordinary session at 8:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) to discuss the epidemiological situation. Health Minister Roman Prymula had hinted on Tuesday that tougher anti-epidemic measures were on the way.

Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Jacqueline Wong