From Monday, it will be mandatory to wear a veil at outdoor events, which will bring together more than 100 people. This applies with exceptions to Prague, Central Bohemia, the Zlín Region and the Cheb District. The regulation applies to events such as festivities, theater and film performances, sports and other gatherings. Exceptions will be children under two years of age, people with intellectual disabilities, actors, musicians, moderators and athletes during training or wrestling.
Renewed crisis staff
It will start on Monday to reopen the Central Crisis Staff, said Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. According to his renewal of the crisis staff, he complied with the call of the regions, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček (CSSD) is to take the lead again.
At the same time, the Prime Minister did not rule out the possibility that a state of emergency could be declared again in the Czech Republic. This would be the case if the Ministry of Health needed to declare some measure that it does not have competence under the Public Health Protection Act.
Deputy Olga Richterová (Pirates) praised the resumption of the crisis staff in Events and Comments, stating that the situation could not be managed logistically without the involvement of the army and police. “Believe that the trend is threatening,” she warned, calling for the promotion of the e-veil application. She criticized the government for its late response and poor communication.
MP David Kasal (YES) defended the cabinet, saying that it is not possible to expect such an increase exactly and that the government is responding sufficiently. According to him, the health system was well prepared for the situation.
Events, comments: Kasal and Richter on coronavirus
The number of hospitalized is also growing, visitors to Prague are banned
Hygienists have announced a ban on visits to all Prague medical facilities and social services. Valid from Friday 18 hours. The ban should last a month, Prague hygienists said.
Currently, there are 20,289 infected people in the Czech Republic, most of whom have a mild course of the disease. According to the latest available data from Wednesday, there are 413 people with infections in hospitals, 91 of whom are in a serious condition. Since Tuesday, the number of hospitalized patients has increased by 25 and severe cases by ten.
According to the Ministry of Health, hospitals can handle many times more patients with covid-19 than now, even in serious cases. The number of people who died with the covid is also increasing. There are a total of 489 victims, with four more deaths on Thursday.
The Czechia has ten times more cases of coronavirus per capita than Slovakia. In comparison with the states of the European Union, the Czech Republic is the third in this calculation in 14 days, only Spain and France are ahead of us.
Events: Testing for coronavirus in the Czech Republic
In a single day, tests showed an infection in 3,130 people on Thursday, which is a similar figure as for the entire month of March. The number of infected people also grew significantly last week, when the daily increase exceeded the 1,000 for the first time. Since then, with the exception of Sunday, more than a thousand confirmed diseases have been added daily. But more was tested.
The disease is spreading faster than in neighboring countries. Absolute numbers are higher in the Czech Republic than in the more populous Germany or Poland. It is the same when comparing values per million inhabitants.
Laboratories performed a record 22,271 tests on Thursday. Of these, 14 percent were positive. The share was higher only on March 10, when there were only 165 tests.
In August, the number of tests per day only exceeded 10,000, while last week the laboratories performed more than 15,000 tests every day from Tuesday to Thursday, a record 19,000 on Friday. On Wednesday, they managed 17,890 subscriptions. According to Minister Adam Vojtěch (for YES), the capacity of laboratories is 20,700 per day, the target is 25,000.
The first sign of improvement in the epidemic situation will be according to the director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics Ladislav Dušek reducing the share of new cases in the number of tests. On Wednesday, the share reached almost 12 percent, the day before it was less than ten percent and on Monday over six percent, while on weekends it was also over 11 percent.
On Friday morning, however, there were complications during testing. The system of electronic requests for examination of a sample for covid-19 has failed. However, according to information from the Smart Quarantine team, the problem has already been solved. Due to the outage, doctors or hygienists could not issue requests, but sampling at the sampling points worked.
The metropolis has the worst numbers
The disease is now most prevalent in Prague and the adjacent Central Bohemian districts, but also in the Kroměříž, southern Plzeň, Uherské Hradiště and Cheb regions. In the last seven days, hygienists in Prague confirmed 191 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Kroměříž with 171 cases, more than 150 infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the districts of Prague-East, Prague-West, Pilsen-South and Uherské Hradiště.
Distance learning at Prague universities
Distance learning will be introduced at universities in Prague next week. According to the risk of infection with the new coronavirus, Prague will have a red color on the map of regions, said Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) on Twitter. According to Hřib, the city agreed on the measure with the hygienists. When exactly will be introduced, he did not say.
“At the moment, I have not been able to convince the hygiene that there are reasons for us to transfer to distance learning in high school,” the mayor of Prague told ČT24. He originally stated that distance learning would be introduced in secondary schools in the metropolis. “Hygiene wants to keep it in reserve and possibly reconsider it in the coming days,” the mayor added.
This week, Prague, together with hygienists, decided to wear veils even during classes. The Ministry of Health subsequently introduced them for the whole country from Friday. According to Thursday’s statement by the director of hygiene in Prague, Zdeněk Jágrová, 29 schools in the metropolis are affected by covid-19 and there are a total of thirty children and teachers who are positive.
New area measures
From September 10, due to the deteriorating epidemic situation, the obligation to wear a veil in the interior of buildings applies throughout the Czech Republic. Due to the growing number of infected and hospitalized, the state is introducing further general measures from Friday. Indoor mass standing events for more than ten people will be banned. Exceptions are exhibitions, markets and similar events. Pupils and teachers must wear veils even in classrooms with the exception of primary school. They will stay all over the country restaurants or bars closed between midnight and six o’clock in the morning.
Restrictions also apply from Friday when traveling from the Czech Republic to Slovakia. Tourists and other groups of passengers, with a few exceptions, need a negative coronavirus test result to avoid quarantine and a subsequent infection test.
CT correspondent Petr Obrovský on travel to Slovakia
People should follow the basic rules of hygiene, Minister Vojtěch urged them to be considerate and to limit participation in larger events as much as possible. According to the ministry, the most common places of infection are the family and the work environment, and a visit to social events, such as family celebrations and weddings, is also a risky activity. More than a fifth of recent cases have come from schools.