PM says he will not resign over worsening coronavirus crisis

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he sees no reason to resign over the worsening coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic.

In an interview for TV Prima Mr. Babiš said that while he was aware the cabinet had made a number of mistakes in fighting the coronavirus epidemic in the past year, he was working night and day to turn the situation around and save lives. He said he had personally used his managerial skills to acquire 15,000 vaccines in the past fortnight.

The prime minister also rejected speculation that he was planning to replace Health Minister Jan Blatný, saying he was doing his utmost to help the health minister who was under enormous pressure. In a separate interview President Miloš Zeman said Jan Blatný was burnt out and should go.