Hana Horka, singer of the Czech folk group Asonance - which opposes covid vaccines - died on Sunday, aged 57, after deliberately contracting the virus to obtain her health pass, the family announced.

Questioned Monday on public radio iRozhlas.cz, the singer's son, Jan Rek, explained that his mother refused to be vaccinated and

voluntarily exposed himself to the disease that he and his father, both vaccinated, contracted before Christmas.

"She decided to live with us normally and preferred to contract the disease rather than be vaccinated," Rek said.

Two days before her death, Hana Horka had written on social media: "I survived. So now there will be a theater, a sauna, a concert, a sauna and an urgent trip to the sea."

In the Czech Republic,

proof of a vaccine or recent recovery from the coronavirus is required in all cultural and sports venues, as well as in bars and restaurants

.

Rek accused local anti-vaccine figures of having convinced her mother not to get vaccinated and thus having "blood on her hands".

"I know exactly who formed his opinion ... It saddens me that he believed foreigners more than his own family. It was not just total misinformation, but also opinions about natural immunity and antibodies created by contracting the disease," lamented the son of the singer.

The Czech Republic is currently facing a new wave of infections, with more than 20,000 new positive cases detected on Monday.

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