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Czech Republic goes from model Covid-19 response to brink of second lockdown | World news

The Czech Republic could be set for a second lockdown following a dramatic rise in Covid-19 infections that has transformed it into Europe’s fastest growing outbreak just months after being hailed as one of the continent’s success stories in managing the pandemic.

A new peak of 8,618 cases was recorded on Friday in the country of 10.7 million , up more than 3,000 on the previous day and significantly more per capita than any other European state. Spain, with a population of just under 47 million and currently the second worst-affected country, documented 12,788 infections on the same day.

The Czech Republic has now recorded 451.2 Covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period, compared with 308.1 for Spain, according to European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention statistics.

Friday’s figure, which raises the number of infections recorded in the first 10 days of October above that for the

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