Coronavirus cases in Czech mining area under control: Minister

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A rise in new coronavirus infections in a Czech coal mining region that has driven a recent jump in overall cases is under control and should ease soon, the health minister said amid criticism. 
State hard coal miner OKD last week closed its mines in the Karvina area in the country's east, along the Polish border, after a jump in cases among miners and their close contacts.
The rise has caused overall case numbers to accelerate, prompting some other EU members like Slovenia to bump the Czech Republic from their list of safe countries.


Responding to criticism from an opposition leader, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Twitter: "The situation is under control and in the coming days we expect another drop in cases if everyone (infected) will maintain a quarantine and (abide by) set rules.”


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