Anti-vax singer dies after infecting herself with Covid

An anti-vax Czech folk singer has died after she deliberately contracted Covid to obtain a health pass that would have allowed her to visit the sauna and theatre, her family said.

Proof of vaccination or a recent infection is required to access cultural and sports facilities as well as for travel, and for visiting bars and restaurants in the EU member state, which is facing a soaring Covid count.

Hana Horka, who was the vocalist for the band Asonance, died on Sunday at the age of 57, according to her son Jan Rek.

Hana Horka, who died of Covid, wearing a hat with a scary puppet on it and holding a demon looking puppet on her hand.
Czech singer Hana Horka deliberately caught Covid to obtain a health pass, her family says. Source: Facebook

Chose to catch disease over the jab

She voluntarily exposed herself to the virus when her husband and son, both vaccinated, caught it before Christmas, Mr Rek told public radio

"She decided to continue to live normally with us and preferred to catch the disease than to get vaccinated," he said on Monday.

A Facebook post from Ms Horka saying she had survived the virus.
Ms Horka took to social media to say she 'survived' the virus two days before her death. Source: Facebook

Two days before her death, Ms Horka took to social media to say: "I survived... It was intense."

"So now there will be the theatre, sauna, a concert... and an urgent trip to the sea," she added.

Anti-vax leaders have 'blood on their hands'

Mr Rek blamed the death on a local anti-vax movement, saying its leaders had convinced his mother against vaccination and thus had "blood on their hands".

"I know exactly who influenced her... It makes me sad that she believed strangers more than her proper family," Mr Rek said.

"It wasn't just total disinformation, but also views on natural immunity and antibodies acquired through infection," he added.

The country of 10.7 million people announced more than 20,000 new Covid infections on Tuesday.

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