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“You took away my mother”: the son of the singer criticizes the anti-vaccines after his death from COVID-19

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“You took away my mother”: the son of the singer criticizes the anti-vaccines after his death from COVID-19

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A Czech folk singer has died after intentionally catching the coronavirus, according to her son, who has condemned anti-vaccine rhetoric which he says led to his mother’s death.

Hana Horka, 57, was unvaccinated and posted on social media last week that she was recovering after catching the virus. Her son, Jan Rek, said she had been ill for a few days but appeared to be improving, the BBC reported.

On Sunday morning, she was getting ready to go for a walk, but went to bed after complaining of back pain, Rek said. Her condition worsened rapidly and she died.

Rek said his mother intentionally allowed herself to be exposed to the virus when he and his father – both fully vaccinated – had COVID-19, so she could get a recovery pass to access certain places. , reported the BBC.

Proof of vaccination or recent COVID-19 infection is an entry requirement for many public places in the Czech Republic, including bars, restaurants and cinemas.

Rek, 23, said in a social media post that he blamed Horka’s death on people spreading lies about vaccines, according to The New York Times.

“You took away my mother, who based her arguments on your beliefs,” he said of these people. “I hate you.”

According to Johns Hopkins University, only 63% of people in the Czech Republic are fully vaccinated. The country is facing an increase in coronavirus infections amid the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The Czech government had planned to implement vaccination mandates for some workers and people over the age of 60, but scrapped that plan this week so as not to “deepen the cracks in society”, the prime minister said. Thousands of people gathered in Prague and other Czech cities earlier this month to protest the mandate, marching in the streets and chanting “Freedom”.

Rek said there was no point discussing the issue with his mother as it would get too emotional. He hoped that by sharing their story, he could convince others to get vaccinated.

“People aren’t interested in numbers and graphs,” he said, according to the BBC. “Unless there’s a legitimate reason not to get vaccinated, in terms of health, I don’t think you can argue that it’s a matter of individual responsibility.”



“You took away my mother”: the son of the singer criticizes the anti-vaccines after his death from COVID-19

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