Madrid Desk, Oct 19 (efe-epa).- Having become the European Union’s pandemic hotspot, the Czech Republic has enlisted the military to set up a field hospital to house Covid-19 patients, while a hotel chain has made one of its establishments available to people who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Belgium, which is close behind the Czech Republic in terms of rising infection rates, has announced an upcoming curfew and closure of restaurants.
Authorities in Wales have announced a nation-wide two-week “firebreak” lockdown while officials in Manchester and the British government are discussing more restrictions to stem rising infections in the city.
The Czech army began work on the construction of a field hospital at the Prague-Letnany fairgrounds, which will be able to accommodate up to 500 Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms but whose pathological evolution will likely require hospitalization later on.
The Czech Republic, with 828 accumulated infections per 100,000 people in the past 14 days, is the worst hit country in the EU.
The hospital is expected to be operational by Sunday.
Czech Inn Hotels has put up one of its establishments to lodge patients who have tested positive for coronavirus and need to quarantine for two weeks.
The initiative was launched amid plummeting numbers of hotel users in the country, which saw 70 percent fewer visitors than normal during the summer season.
Hotel owners fear worse is still to come with the approaching winter season.