Czech health minister set to lose job after breaching own Covid-19 rules


The Czech Republic’s health minister is set to lose his job after visiting a restaurant in Prague where he was photographed on Wednesday by the tabloid Blesk.

The restaurant seems to have been open to high-profile guests, hours after a lockdown was imposed to curb the surge in new infections.

Roman Prymula, an epidemiologist, was seen leaving the restaurant in breach of emergency coronavirus regulations he had put forward.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told the health minister to quit or else be sacked, while adding that a new health minister will be appointed, according to The Guardian.

During a new conference on Friday, Babiš underlined that the minister should lead by example. He added that he has asked him to resign, warning that if he does not he would have to dismiss him.

Babiš has also asked Jaroslav Faltýnek, the head of the parliamentary delegation of his Ano party, to resign as vice-president of the Ano movement.

Prymula said that he does not intend on resigning. The health minister was also photographed without a mask in his ministerial car beside an official driver.