Hamacek is also Minister of Interior and the chairman of the Central Crisis Staff, a governmental body tasked with dealing with crises situations, including Covid-19.
The Czech government was on Wednesday meeting in an emergency session, discussing additional measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“The emergency session of the government is under way at this moment,” it posted on its official Twitter account. “The proposals for new crises measures, which should more effectively prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the Czech Republic and stop the unfavourable development in recent days, are being discussed.”
Authorities in the Czech Republic reported 11,984 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the highest daily increase on record.
At least 193,946 cases have been confirmed in the country since the pandemic began, according to data released by Czech health authorities early on Wednesday, and at least 1,619 people have died.
The Czech Republic was hailed as a success story during Europe's first wave of Covid-19 in March, mainly thanks to a strict mask mandate. But after relaxing the rules at the end of the summer after case numbers dropped, it has struggled to cope with the rising number of infections.
According to the European Centre for Disease Control, the Czech Republic has the worst infection rate in Europe, with more than 900 infections per 100,000 people in the past 14 days.