The dispute over testing seniors for coronavirus is divided free of charge by the Central Bohemian Region. President Jerman defends him, the opposition criticizes him as dangerous populism


Pre-election debate: Central Bohemia, Part 1

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“We also have to deal with crisis situations in social facilities, hospitals, schools, we have enough protective equipment, we have 9 collection points, so we are already in full swing,” said the current governor of the Central Bohemian Region at the beginning of the debate. Jaroslava Pokorná Jermanová from YES.

Leader CSSD Robin Povsik he complained about the lack of information about the planned measures, despite the fact that he was a member of the nationwide crisis staff. However, he is optimistic about the spread of coronavirus. “Our reproductive number is declining and it is a hope that the situation can improve and the health system will not collapse,” says Povšík. The measure is considered important for the protection of the health system in the republic.

The leader of the candidate counts on the restrictions SPD Radek Rozvoral. “I wouldn’t want leisure activities to be banned outside, I would understand inside,” Rozvoral thinks. If he were in charge of the region, he would like to take care of the most risky groups of citizens, such as seniors and health professionals, who should be equipped with respirators.

“The government failed, indebted our country by 500 billion crowns and wasted it. She has not been able to prepare hygienic stations to be able to trace all infected people, “he criticizes the action of the government parties Jiří Snížek (Pirates). The Central Bohemian Region is not as populated as Prague, so according to him it is necessary to take measures according to the density of settlements.

“I am a supporter of tougher measures, but I perceive the current one as being pulled out of a magic hat,” he criticizes. Zdeněk Štefek candidate for KSČM. According to him, people should know the measures in advance in order to be able to prepare for them. As part of a pandemic plan, it would propose several options for action, depending on the severity of the spread of the epidemic. It also criticizes, for example, the reduction in the number of hygiene workers more than 10 years ago.

“Once again, it turned out that the state could not be relied on, now as a mayor I do not receive any information compared to the spring, I get an Excel spreadsheet with the number of infected and healed in the district and that’s all,” he says. Petra Pecková for STAN, who is the mayor of Mnichovice. According to her, everyone is most frightened by the closure of schools, she would like to secure more sampling points in the Central Bohemian Region.

According to Martin Kupka from ODS rescuers in the region would need information on free capacities for patients with covid-19. “This will be key to dealing with a situation that is likely to require more ventilator sites,” Kupka said. Paramedics should know exactly where to take patients. According to him, people would need to be better informed.

“At the moment, I see it as the most crucial that tracing is collapsing for us, which is part of Smart Quarantine. If it is not possible to trace, then there will not be enough capacity in healthcare, “he says Jan Jakob (TOP 09 + Voice + Greens). At the moment, according to him, there are almost a thousand untraced cases and the employees of the region could help with this.

According to Antonín Fryč from Tricolor citizens need to regain confidence in public administration. He thinks that people no longer believe in its actions due to confused government decisions. “In the first wave, this country closed completely, the coronavirus did not spread and we spent 500 billion, which we will now find it difficult to put together,” criticizes Fryč. According to him, the second wave should be solved by experts and not politicians.

In July, measures in the Central Bohemian Region tightened again. For example, there was no pilgrimage in Křesetice. The measures were ordered by the Central Bohemian Hygiene Station due to an outbreak in the village of Církvice. Due to this, hospitals and homes for the elderly were closed to visitors in the district. Kutná Hora, which has long been an attraction for tourists, was noted by the coronavirus.

Outbreaks have occurred in the region mainly in schools, sports clubs and after cultural events. According to hygienists, many people spread the infection to the region from Prague. In the summer, restaurants or bars were limited to midnight closing hours. After Prague, the Central Bohemian Region is now the most affected region.

Tests for covid-19 free for seniors

The current President Pokorná Jermanová (YES) would go to the Benešov hospital if necessary. She has tried the procedure from the spring when she was quarantined. However, given the current capacity of testing in the region and the occupancy of reservation systems, a person with a suspected coronavirus infection can learn the test result in up to 9 days. According to her, the governor would go to the queue for the hospital if she did not have a reservation.

“By the time the region and the governor wrote on the website that sampling points were available until 7 pm and people could go for testing after work, the Příbram hospital was already collapsing, not taking out self-payers and had an ordering system long in advance “Responds Petra Pecková from STAN. She also criticized the fact that in regional hospitals, seniors should be able to test with a free rapid test.

According to President Jermanová from ANO, the region wanted to offer all seniors the same opportunity, because they are tested in social facilities in this way. “I know a case where a student was sent for a test, waited in the hospital for several hours and had a result the next day,” defends the region’s member coalition member Robin Povšík from the CSSD. “Chasing seniors without symptoms to stand in line is pure populism,” thinks Martin Kupka of the ODS. According to him, it will only be a burden for the healthcare system, he only wants to send people with symptoms for testing and for tracing.

“I am convinced that seniors should have special care, they will always receive it under our guidance, and these are not unnecessary activities,” stands President Jermanová.

Jiří Snížek from Pirátů criticizes the region’s approach from the point of view of information. Robin Povšík from the CSSD is accused of relying on information from the crisis staff. There are over a thousand municipalities in the region and according to him, everyone should be better informed.

“We fail to inform the infected that they are infected, which is a huge failure,” says Snížek. “It is completely absurd to overload the system with testing, which is not necessary,” continues Jan Jakob (TOP 09, Voice, Greens). He does not want to stress seniors by testing, but rather to protect them with quality aids.

“The fact that someone has free tests to go there is completely useless,” thinks Antonín Fryč from Tricolor. He also does not want people who take the test to meet because they have symptoms and those who need the test, for example, preventively to travel abroad. “The number of test capacities needs to be increased,” he says.

According to Radek Rozvoral from the SPD, the Central Bohemian Region has worse medical care in places where there are no regional hospitals. “I was surprised that Central Bohemian hospitals have, for example, three times less staff in the ICU and ARO departments, we should do something to increase the numbers,” comments Rozvoral.

Robin Povšík from the CSSD, who participates in the current government in the region, highlights the care of the elderly in residential facilities, where the number of cases of illness is currently increasing. In this, Martin Kupka from the ODS warns against the lack of staff to take care of the elderly.

According to Zdeněk Štefek from the KSČM, there is already an acute shortage of staff in health care and social services in the region, as the number of infected people is growing. “They are already working beyond the legal conditions, I think there is room for volunteers and the involvement of the Czech Red Cross,” says Štefek.

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Pre-election debate: Central Bohemia

Source: ČT24

Instead of seniors, Jiří Snížek from Pirates would like to test the staff of their homes. According to him, it would be a better use of money. According to President Pokorná Jermanová from ANO, this is now happening, and the region has also prepared contingency plans in the event of an infection in a social facility.

Jan Jakob (TOP 09, Hlas, Zelení) also criticizes the ambiguity of the traffic light, which is supposed to show the severity of the infection in individual districts. “It’s as if green in Příbram at the crossroads meant that we could go and not in Benešov anymore. The traffic light doesn’t work very well anymore, “he thinks. He criticizes the government for wasting time, resources and populism. “We will overload the paramedics now, and when we need them the most, they won’t, and the whole thing will collapse like a house of cards,” warns Jakob.

“We should always be one step ahead, saying that when it happens, we will solve it, I think it is very late,” says Antonín Fryč from Tricolor. He would like the region to have a plan, for example, for the construction of mobile hospitals and the protection of health professionals. “If we become infected, we will not need hospitals at all, because there will be no one to serve there,” he concludes.

According to Robin Povšík from the CSSD, the Republican Central Crisis Staff is now dealing with similar issues.
“We must all do our utmost to have as few hospitalized as possible, as few dead as possible, not to make it a political campaign like some politicians and, most importantly, not to advertise the virus,” concludes Robert Rozvoral of the SPD.

The debaters nominated for the debate based on the results of a survey conducted for Czech Television by Kantar CZ and Data Collect, focusing on voting potential. It shows what percentage of votes a political party, movement or coalition could currently gain in the election hypothetically if all people who are really considering this election and do not exclude their participation in the election support it.

Electoral potential in the regional elections 2020 in the Central Bohemian Region
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The Rio Carnival also a victim of Covid-19

(Ecofin Agency) – The famous Rio Carnival has also joined the list of postponed or canceled events, due to coronavirus. The organizers of this event, the most popular celebration in Brazil, announced Thursday that the 2021 edition scheduled for February, is postponed indefinitely.

« We came to the conclusion that the event should be postponed. We just can’t do it in February. Samba schools will not have the time, financial and organizational resources to be ready for February Said the president of the Independent League of Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro after the leaders’ meeting.

The announcement was expected, especially since the other big carnival in the country, that of Sao Paulo, had decided to postpone its event to next year.

« It is not a cancellation, but a postponement “, Assured the organizers who say they are looking” an alternative solution, something to do when health security Will allow it.

A popular event for tourists, the carnival brings together an average of more than 12 million people each year.

With 140,000 deaths and nearly 5 million recorded cases, Brazil is the second country most affected by Covid-19 in the world.

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Germans are afraid of a corona infection in autumn


by Helmut Poppe

(22.09.2020) Two thirds of the respondents believe that the risk of infection is particularly high in bars, restaurants and public transport. Only 33 percent see a risk in schools and kindergartens.

Fear of closed spaces
Foto: Trotec GmbH


The majority of Germans are afraid of being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in closed rooms. This is shown by a current survey by the polling institute Civey on the subject of “Corona protection in autumn” on behalf of the air purifier manufacturer Trotec. Most of the 5,000 respondents rate the risk in bars and restaurants as particularly high (63.4 percent), followed by fitness studios, sports halls and yoga studios (50 percent). 64 percent of Germans are worried about infection on buses and trains.

The risk of infection in schools and kindergartens is underestimated

The survey participants thus confirm what leading virologists have repeatedly emphasized: the risk of Covid-19 infection is particularly high indoors. In contrast, most of the respondents underestimate the risk of infection in schools and kindergartens. Just one third of parents fear a risk of infection here (34.6 percent), with childless it is only 31.7 percent.

This is precisely why experts are sounding the alarm: In the cool autumn and winter, a lack of preventive measures could quickly lead to an increase in corona outbreaks that force schools to close again, warned the German Society for Virology in August. And with good reason: in the few weeks since the end of the summer vacation, numerous schools across Germany have had to be closed. Despite compliance with the recommendations regarding door and window ventilation.

Effective corona protection indoors: AHA plus air purify

“We have to add an L to the AHA rule for ‘clean air’ – in the interest of school children and many companies that can thus be saved from a new lockdown,” warns Jochem Weingartz, air cleaning expert at Trotec. Because distance, hygiene and everyday masks protect against direct infection through coughing or sneezing, but not against infection from virus-laden aerosols, which get into the air while breathing and speaking and float in the air for hours. Dr. Thomas Voshaar, advisor to Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, blames the invisible pathogens for around 80 percent of corona infections. Frequent ventilation helps, but is not a sensible alternative in winter if schoolchildren or restaurant guests should not be cold.

Therefore: The safest solution for effective protection against infection indoors are suitable air purifiers with H14 HEPA filters (certified according to DIN EN 1822). Only these devices are able to safely filter microscopic, virus-contaminated aerosols from the room air and to supply the rooms with clean, virus-filtered pure air. This is also confirmed by Professor Dr. Christian Kähler, head of the Institute for Flow Research and Aerodynamics at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, who tested various devices, including the mobile high-performance air cleaner TAC V + from Trotec: “Air cleaners with a large volume flow and high-quality filters of class H14 are a very useful technical solution, to sensibly reduce the indirect risk of infection from aerosols. “

Air purifiers provide security

However, there is still a great need for clarification when it comes to air purification. The general population is not aware of all the options for protecting against infection indoors. Around two thirds of the participants in the Civey survey rely on measures such as observing the AHA rule (65.8 percent) and regular ventilation (59 percent). Only one in four (26.9 percent) thinks that room air filters offer good protection. However, respondents who are familiar with this technical solution have great confidence in it: 56.1 percent of the participants say they feel safe from being infected with corona viruses in a room with a certified air filter system.

Experts call for air purifiers for every classroom

The use of professional air purifiers is currently widely discussed in politics, media and business. Numerous parents, teachers and experts call for their commitment – especially in schools. Politicians like Erwin Rüddel (CDU), the chairman of the health committee of the German Bundestag, and Professor Dr. Karl Lauterbach join in these appeals: “If we want to prevent schoolchildren from getting infected with the corona virus in winter, we need a mobile air filter in every classroom,” said the SPD health expert.

For the survey:

The Civey survey “Corona protection in autumn” was carried out from September 15 to 17, 2020 and is representative of the population in Germany. Further data on the assessment of Germans with regard to age, federal states and various areas of life (retail, gastronomy, school, kindergarten, doctors, public transport, offices, fitness studios, train stations and airports) are available on request. (ots)


The daily increase in coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic exceeded three thousand, other area measures are being introduced – ČT24 – Czech Television

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.

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Events: Testing for coronavirus in the Czech Republic

More tests

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.

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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.


From Friday, veils will be compulsory in all schools, except for the 1st grade, also in classes – ČT24 – Czech Television

One-fifth of the newly diagnosed cases of covid-19 on Wednesday were children, explained the restrictions in schools by the director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (IHIS) Ladislav Dušek.

“The epidemic situation is not good, the epidemic is gaining momentum. The number of hospitalized is also growing, “said Minister Vojtěch. According to him, it is probable that from Friday most districts at the traffic light, which indicates the districts according to the risk of infection with covid-19, will be in green. This first stage means the occurrence of local outbreaks and sporadic community outbreaks.

The Prague hygienic station in the capital planned to introduce the mandatory wearing of veils in classrooms at primary, secondary and university schools from Monday. “I am glad that we inspired the Minister of Health in Prague, and in such a quick time the Minister of Health reacted. Personally, however, I am not in favor of introducing measures on a day-to-day basis. It was always announced in Prague with a certain advance. I appreciate that wearing veils will not affect pupils in the first grade, because visual contact with the teacher is key for them, “said Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates).

It is now mandatory throughout the country to wear a veil in the common areas of schools outside the classroom, ie in corridors or toilets. Prague is the worst affected region in the Czech Republic. However, the disease is spreading rapidly in other regions.

Veils will be demanding, but better than distance learning, according to school representatives

“I can’t imagine how we teach in that, but I perhaps regret the children even more. They will be in school for six to eight hours in veils. After all, they will not have oxygen at all, they will be completely weak, “comments Renata Schejbalová, the head of the Association of Grammar School Directors. But it would also not be good to switch to distance learning now. “It is not a full-fledged teaching. In addition, the pupils at school look excited and are glad that they got to school after six months. So I would probably try it with teaching in schools, “he adds.

According to the chairman of the Association of Primary School Principals Michal Černý, teaching at the second level with veils will be more complicated, but he believes that most children can handle it. “I assume that children who have a health problem will have some confirmation from a doctor, according to which we will not force them to wear veils,” he thinks.

Black emphasized that he accepted the decisions of experts. He wondered, however, that veils would not be mandatory during physical training or singing. According to him, it is understandable that veils would be more problematic when teaching these subjects. “But the question is whether this (regulation of veils in teaching) then makes sense,” he adds.

According to him, however, the introduction of veils in the classroom is a better option than distance learning, which might be more convenient for a certain group of children and teachers. If some parents do not want to send their children to school under these conditions, he will be able to leave them at home. “We may end up with distance learning anyway. In this way, at least schools have a better chance of preparing better, because I think they are still not ready for it everywhere, “concludes Černý.


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According to him, most of the cases diagnosed in the city are related to returning from abroad. In Daugavpils, senior students who have worked abroad in the summer have fallen ill, but they have warned about what happened in time and have not started the school year in the school premises. According to the chairman of the council, the contact persons of the sick employees of the municipal company JSC “Daugavpils satiksme” and the student of the 16th secondary school, who are in self-isolation, have also been identified.

“Previously, we did not see an increasing trend, there were not many cases,” Prelatov said.

Although a number of public events have taken place in the city over the weekend, the local area is not expected to affect morbidity rates, as the activities took place outdoors, subject to all gathering restrictions and conditions. Even after the events of the beginning of the school year, there were no new cases related to the gathering, the mayor stated, emphasizing once again that the cases are mostly related to people who have been abroad.

The municipality is also in regular contact with the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) and no changes are currently planned in the work of municipal institutions. However, the possibility of restricting visits to social care centers where the risk group is located will be discussed.

It has already been reported that starting today, one of the 9th grades of Daugavpils Secondary School No. 16 provides studies remotely, because one of the students has been diagnosed with Covid-19. The sick student has attended school, so a decision has been made to distance learning for all classmates. Olga Dukšinska, the director of the institution, explained that on Sunday, the school, the Board of Education and epidemiologists worked to identify families and provide distance learning.

Covid-19 tests were performed by school staff before the start of the school year and were negative. It is planned that the school staff will take the tests this week as well. The institution must also submit a plan for the organization of the further learning process by the middle of the week.

It has also been reported that Covid-19 has been diagnosed in two employees of the municipal JSC “Daugavpils siltumtīkli”. Daugavpils municipality executive director Sabīne Šņepste said that Covid-19 tests were performed on other employees of the company, but they were negative. It is planned that repeated tests will be performed over time. The sick are in quarantine at home.

Despite the fact that since the beginning of September there has been an increase in morbidity in the city, both “Daugavpils siltumtīkli” and other municipal companies and institutions continue to work in the usual mode. Šnepste emphasized that Covid-19 had not been found in any of the employees of the council or municipal institutions.

The municipality also has no information about possible Covid-19 foci in the city.

According to SPKC data, the increase in morbidity in Daugavpils has been observed since the beginning of September, and during this time the number of cases has increased several times. By Sunday, there were 21 known Covid-19 patients in the city.

At the end of August, LETA reported that at the beginning of the new school year, one student in Daugavpils would be provided with a remote learning process in quarantine, because his family was diagnosed with Covid-19.


the reminder of ministers to schools after class closings, “deviating from protocol can have detrimental effects”

Since the start of the school year, several cases of coronavirus contamination have been observed in a series of schools in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, both among students and among supervisors. Caroline Désir, Minister of Education, and Bénédicte Linard, Minister of Health, wanted to reframe schools on the rules for class closures.

“Class closures have been observed in several schools since the start of the school year, in different areas of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation”, they write in a joint statement. The ministers wish to ensure “the proportionate management of these situations with regard to the ONE protocol concerning Covid-19 cases and contacts”. “As a reminder, this protocol was updated by ONE in close collaboration with the competent regional health authorities (AVIQ / COCOM) following the new scientific recommendations made by the Risk Assessment Group (RAG) published on August 14 on the Sciensano site, ”the statement continued.

The protocol thus recommends the automatic quarantine of an entire class if, and only if: a supervisor is positive in kindergarten.

“In kindergarten, primary and secondary, the closing of a class CAN also be decided after consultation and evaluation of AVIQ or COCOM when the class contains 2 positive cases proven to Covid-19 ”.

Any class closure that does not follow this protocol “may result in students finding themselves in quarantine without health reasons, with detrimental effects on the smooth running of their schooling”, deplore the ministers. They say they are aware “of the unprecedented nature of the health crisis and of the difficulties encountered in the field by school administrators, educational teams and other members of staff, as well as by PES teams”.

“With a view to identifying avenues for strengthening the support provided to them in the management of Covid-19 cases, Ministers Désir and Linard will very quickly meet with representatives of ONE, the Health Promotion services in the School (PSE), the Accueil Temps Libre (ATL) as well as the federations of organizing authorities.

This will involve evaluating the situation on the ground on the basis of the various situations recorded since the start of the school year with regard to the procedures provided for in the protocol and, if necessary, evaluating the system put in place as well as strengthening or re-specifying the communication that has been made. The objective of the Ministers is to avoid as much as possible of class closures when this is not planned in order to guarantee the most normal possible school year for the majority of pupils ”.


In the Czech Republic, schools are closing due to coronavirus. In many cases, teaching is limited

Before the beginning of the school year, hygienists in southern Bohemia decided to close three schools. Specifically, due to the confirmed infection, primary schools in Bavorov and Záboří in the Strakonice region and one secondary school in Tábor did not open with teachers.

On the first day of school, the hygienists also closed the primary school in Bechyně. There was also a new primary school in Křemže, where the infection was also confirmed by one of the teachers and the second stage is closed for pupils. However, pupils and students are already among those infected.

For example, at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bechyně, a student was positively tested and his classmates had to go to compulsory quarantine. Two primary schools also had to be closed in Hodonín. At least five schools are closed in the neighboring Zlín Region.

Due to the growing number of diseases in schools, hygienists remind principals that they have the competence to take a number of anti-epidemic measures.

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bulletins, news, updates today 1 September 2020

The regional task force for Covid, in its bulletin of 1 September, announced that there are five new positive cases in the province of Frosinone. “Of these two with links from Sardinia – they specified – and a case identified in access to the emergency room”. Among the newly infected are two people from Island of the Liri and one of Arce, the latter returned from vacation in Sardinia. It was revealed by the mayors of the two towns, Massimiliano Quadrini e Luigi Germani, inviting the respective communities to keep the attention high.

The Asl of Frosinone, meanwhile, communicated to the regional health department that “768 serological tests were performed on school staff today – they announced on the Health Lazio social page – To date, 4,601 tests have been performed with a percentage of positive seroprevalence of 1.1% “. The presence of antibodies to Coronavirus, therefore, was found in 50 operators active in the Ciociaria schools. The same, to follow, were thus subjected to the real diagnostic test, that is the swab, to ascertain or not their contagion.

Finally, in relation to the school universe, the governor of Lazio Nicola Zingaretti issued the ordinance number Z00057, the last of the series linked to measures for the prevention and management of the Coronavirus emergency. With the same, all the local health authorities were asked to establish as soon as possible anti-Covid team for schools. The deadline for the formation of the list of candidates, i.e. 30 September 2020, however, exceeds the return to school by more than two weeks.

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The anti-Covid teams for schools

Gypsies ordered “the immediate activation, by the Local Health Authorities (including that of Frosinone, ed), of the procedures for the search for health professionals (doctors, nurses, health assistants) to be dedicated to the prevention and control of the infection of Sars-Cov-2 virus in schools and educational services in Lazio, in line with the indications of the Ministry of Health and the ISS (Higher Institute of Health, ed.) “.

Such professionalism can also be acquired through the stipulation of specific free professional contracts and also through the prior use of the rankings of the competition procedures already underway. In the event of new procedures, they must also be open to graduates in Medicine and Surgery registered in the order who do not possess the specialization as authorized by the national legislation currently in force.

The statements of Zingaretti and D’Amato

“After the serological tests to teachers and staff with the operation” Safe Schools “- said the president of the Lazio Region Nicola Zingaretti – we are putting in place a team of health professionals to safely restart our educational activities “. “These professionals will be coordinated by the Prevention Departments of the ASL and will be a fundamental barrier – the regional health councilor engaged Alessio D’Amato – In addition to this, we have joined the tender promoted by Azienda zero del Veneto, which I thank for the synergy, to acquire a million quick swabs that will also be useful to limit any outbreaks, all while the serological tests are proceeding with over 35 thousand bookings and 9 thousand tests have already been performed on teachers and school operators. I remind you that reservations must be made at schools not at the ASL or at general practitioners in the manner agreed with the regional school office “.

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A few days before the start of the school year, wearing a mask becomes compulsory around Mons schools

All nursery, primary and secondary schools in Mons, all networks combined, are affected by this new regulation, which applies to anyone over 12 years of age. This measure comes a few days before the start of the school year, in prevention to the potential risk that groups of parents, students and teachers could represent in terms of the spread of the virus.

In accordance with the recommendations of the circular of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, from Tuesday 1 September, anyone present near any kindergarten, primary and secondary school in Mons will therefore be required to wear a mask according to the ordinance. of police signed by the mayor of the City of Mons.

The threat of coronavirus

Given the health risk that the coronavirus still represents, its high contagiousness, the emergence of new sources of contamination and the resumption on the rise in cases of infection, it was essential to act preventively by making the mask compulsory for patients. entering and leaving schools, where groups of parents and grandparents are formed regularly.

As a reminder, the police order already makes the wearing of a mask compulsory in several places of the Mons entity: car parks in shopping centers, meeting areas, parks, squares … All the measures taken by the local level in the framework of the fight against the coronavirus is complementary to the decisions taken by the Governor of Hainaut who henceforth imposes the obligation to have a mask on oneself throughout the provincial territory. The objective is to deal with any possible risky situation.

Once again, the City of Mons calls for the vigilance and solidarity shown by the people of Mons since the start of the pandemic to protect vulnerable people.