This year the celebration will take place within a world context totally different from the previous ones. The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly altered people’s daily lives: change in work routines, suspension of face-to-face classes, social confinement, and health professionals working 24/7 without hours of rest and exposing themselves to the disease at risk of transferring the contagion to their loved ones. Mental health patients were not exempted, as many became more socially isolated than before.
“The confinement and the socioeconomic consequences caused the intensification or development of some psychic and physical symptoms. This can be a learning situation for all citizens, but it implies a greater difficulty of adaptation for those who suffer from eating disorders ”, explains Mara Fernández, a psychologist specializing in eating disorders (MN 36031). In addition, he mentions that “The impact occurs even in those people who were in treatment and had acquired certain tools to face those situations that were paralyzing, but that now they cannot apply.”
Regarding symptoms and emotions, Fernández tells us that “people with EDs begin to feel more anxious, anguished, irritable, sad, and angry. Emotions that, perhaps due to their work rhythm and habitual occupation, they had never registered or allowed themselves to feel, and that is where the symptoms of the disorders make their appearance ”.
“In addition, being locked in the home all day and with instant access to a lot of food can be threatening to both those who suffer from binge eating disorder and those who have bulimia. Not only for the collection of food, but also for the supply of food at home. People can lose control over the amount they eat, which can lead to relapse ”.
According to statistics and the experience in the consultations received in recent months, the needs for psychosocial and mental health support are expected to increase considerably in the coming years.
Investing in mental health programs at the national and international level should be one of the main topics on the state agendas.
The Mental Health Day 2020 Campaign is to get more financing and increase investments to develop activities that promote the integral well-being of people.
So for this year’s World Mental Health Day, WHO, together with partner organizations United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, are calling for a significant increase in investment in mental health.
To drive public action around the world, a World Mental Health Day campaign entitled Action for Mental Health has been launched since September: let’s invest in it.
Pomepo issued such a warning following Tehran’s announcement that the 13-year-long conventional arms embargo on Iran had ended.
“The United States is ready to use its authorities to impose sanctions on all individuals and organizations involved in the arms trade with Iran,” Pompeo said.
“All countries that want peace and stability in the Middle East and support the fight against terrorism should refrain from arms deals with Iran,” Pompeo said.
According to the UN resolution approving the 2015 nuclear agreement between the world power and Iran, the embargo must be phased out from 18 October.
Tehran today welcomed the lifting of the ban.
Iran has stated that, under its nuclear deal with the United States, China, Britain, France, Germany and Russia, the arms embargo and travel restrictions will be lifted automatically without further action.
The United States withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and renewed the sanctions that were lifted on Iran under that deal.
In mid-August, the United States failed to gain support for a draft UN Security Council resolution extending the 13-year conventional arms embargo on Iran.
The region’s covid hospitals are already overcrowded.
A photo: Ivan MAKEEV
By October 18, 2020, a sharp surge in coronavirus patients has been observed in Volgograd. Over the past day, a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 was immediately confirmed in 130 people. Such data “KP-Volgograd” reported in the regional operational headquarters. And this despite the fact that one of the laboratories where testing was carried out in the city, has suspended its work due to congestion.
The number of covid patients in Volgograd and the region is growing exponentially. The gain is daily and significant. The coronavirus is spreading and growing. Over the past day, new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded immediately in 18 districts of the Volgograd region. The situation is now the worst in Gorodishchensky district: per day there the increase was 16 patients. Six more new covid patients were identified in the Serafimovichsky district, three in Dubovsky. In another six districts – two cases each (in Nekhaevsky, Oktyabrsky, Kotelnikovsky, Kumylzhensky, Kotovsky and in the city of Mikhailovka).
Surprisingly, over the past day in Volzhsky, only one resident was added to the list of cases. Also, one case was recorded in Ilovlinsky, Staropoltavsky, Danilovsky, Kamyshinsky, Kalachevsky, Nikolaevsky and Surovikinsky districts.
New cases of covid were recorded in 18 districts of the region.
A photo: Inna SHEREMETIEVA
By the way, after the schoolchildren were sent on forced holidays, the number of children with a new viral infection became much smaller. So, per day, the diagnosis of COVID-19 was confirmed in one baby (up to a year), in three children of kindergarten age and in eight schoolchildren (4 children aged 7 to 14, and 4 teenagers). But there are more elderly covid patients – 52 people were added per day.
Data obtained by Czech Television from the Minister of Health Roman Prymula (for YES) show that from 5 September to 10 October, the infection grew exponentially, mainly among teachers, up to 4,600 cases. It spread even faster among education workers than among nurses or doctors.
According to the Ministry of Health, pupils and students exceeded the limit of 7,600 by October 10 and accounted for 13 percent of all infected. According to Roman Prymula, the rapid spread in this group was also the main reason why the state first restricted teaching and then closed schools.
According to Prymula, the original measures were not enough. “Certainly, measures were being taken that were of a different nature – they did not go to school closures. We have started negotiating to introduce veils and respirators for teachers precisely so that they do not fall out of the process. If we dominate teachers today in distance learning, the curve should be significantly reduced, “said the Minister.
Prymula wants to meet the deadline for the return of children from the first grade
The Minister of Health stated on Wednesday that the planned date of November 2 for the return of children from the first stage to primary schools must be met. According to him, the closure of schools was necessary because children transmit the disease to families.
“It is a consensus that the main task now is to reduce the number R and the number of infected. Therefore, schools had to be closed. Children transmit the virus to families. I am glad that Robert Plaga came out to meet me with the closure of the primary school. Again, I feel that it is necessary to meet the deadline of November 2 for the return of children to the 1st grade, “wrote Prymula on Twitter.
The Minister of Education Robert Plaga (for YES) admitted on Czech television on Tuesday evening that if the situation did not improve, the children would not have to return to school. Schools, in addition to kindergartens and special schools, are closed from Wednesday and should switch to distance learning.
To return to other schools, Minister Prymula set the reproduction number (R) at 0.8 as a key indicator. The data gives the average number of other infected people who become infected from one positive test. If it is less than 1, the epidemic begins to weaken. According to ministers in the first half of the week, the current value is about 1.5.
In addition to schools, restaurants, bars and clubs have been closed in the Czech Republic as a measure against coronavirus since Wednesday, and people can buy food in the dispensing windows. A maximum of six people can gather. You must also not drink alcohol in a public place.
Prymula on Twitter urged people to stay home on Twitter. Only a drastic reduction in social contacts, he said, will help curb the current onslaught of the epidemic.
The obligation to wear veils at public transport stops has been in force since Tuesday, thus extending the previously valid obligation to wear veils in all interior spaces and public transport vehicles. Sports and cultural events, such as closed swimming pools or gyms, are also prohibited.
The companies offered three hundred people as reinforcements for tracing
On Saturday, Prime Minister Babiš asked for reinforcements for tracing. Hygienists in some regions do not manage to trace the contacts of those infected. The companies subsequently offered more than three hundred employees of their call centers, who should help with tracing.
According to the government’s commissioner for digitization, Vladimír Dzurilla, it will not be possible to quantify the exact amount of reinforcements until next week. For new companies, it is first necessary to conclude contracts and ensure access to the system. “The whole process takes two or three days,” Dzurilla said.
Minister Prymula has spoken in recent days about the lack of people who can work on tracing. Strengthening the call center staff will only partially help the situation, because only a hygienist, of which there are about eight hundred, can talk directly to the infected person about his health.
Other people, including external call centers or employees of the Office of the Government and customs officers, who also help hygienists, can call even risky contacts with whom the infected person has met, or general practitioners.
Babiš also appealed to people who are indicated for tests to go to them. According to him, this does not happen in some cases. On Sunday morning, the collection point at the Royal Vinohrady University Hospital in Prague was only partially occupied. It was full in the part where people arrive by car, and reservations were full for the whole day. On the contrary, the pedestrian collection point was free and there were free dates for collection on the same day.
At the Jihlava hospital, on the other hand, there is great interest in testing. People also arrive at the drive-in collection point in large numbers on Sundays, and there are long queues of cars in front of the collection tent, with about thirty vehicles waiting in the afternoon.
The Czechia recorded the highest daily increase on Friday
According to the Ministry of Health, the number of active cases rose to 58,585 in the early evening on Sunday, which is almost 4,000 more than what has been cured of covid-19 since the beginning of March, when tests in the Czech Republic revealed the first cases.
There were 2,106 patients with covid in the hospitals on Sunday evening, 21 more than the previous day. The number of those infected in a serious condition increased by 30 to 438. Another 34 deaths were added to the statistics, the Czechia records a total of 982 victims.
The highest daily increase was recorded in the Czechia this Friday, when there were 8615 infected people. On Wednesday and Thursday, the increase exceeded five thousand. On Saturday, there were 4635 confirmed cases of covid-19 in the Czech Republic. She has held the weekend record so far last Saturday, October 3, with 2,555 cases.
Laboratories in the Czech Republic evaluated 17,695 tests on Saturday, about a quarter of which were positive for covid. On record Friday, there were 9,000 more tests and the proportion of those infected in the number of tests was almost a third, the most since the epidemic. Over the weekend, the Smart Quarantine team and politicians urged people to take tests despite the bad weather, as many of the ordered ones did not arrive either.
In terms of per capita, the Czechia is currently the second worst affected country in the world. More cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants have increased in the last seven days only in Andorra with 761 infections per one hundred thousand inhabitants, in the Czech Republic there were more than 314. No other state has recorded over 300 new cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants in the last week with 286 infected per hundred thousand inhabitants. The absolute number of 33,400 newly infected in seven days then ranks the Czechia twelfth in the world.
Náchodsko has the highest rate of infection among districts in the last week
Most of the covid-19 has recently spread in the Náchod region. In the past seven days, there have been almost 565 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants. The second most significant increase is in Uherskohradišťsko with 516 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, Příbramsko and Zlínsko have more than 400 newly infected.
According to hygienists, there is no clear large outbreak in the Náchod region. Covid-19 is spreading in the community. “The infection is still significantly transmitted in families, transmission is often common with colleagues at work. In connection with previous outbreaks in some schools, it should be noted that with a general increase in the number of positives, there are still cases of positive pupils, students or teachers, but very often the infection occurs outside the school, “said Veronika Krejčí, spokeswoman for the Hradec Králové Regional Hygiene Station.
On Sunday, Minister Havlíček admitted that the government is also responsible for the current epidemiological situation. “We have been reluctant to comply with the measures. At the same time, we probably succumbed to public pressure during the disintegration in the summer, “he said in an interview with Prima. However, according to him, the development of the epidemic was underestimated by almost everyone.
Zeman said he had long been plagued by low turnout, which accompanied the Senate elections. In other elections, it is significantly higher. “Let’s ask why the citizens of the Senate do not trust,” he remarked. He added that he also did not trust him and that the Senate had long considered it a useless institution.
“On the other hand, it does not take away the credit of people who, even with the low turnout, gained the trust of voters in their constituency,” he said. According to him, if one-round senate elections were introduced, the phenomenon of regional elections would be eliminated, when the majority will eventually be formed by coalitions without the party with the largest number of votes.
In the second round of the current Senate elections, the president did not vote on the grounds that he was not satisfied with any of the candidates who advanced. On Sunday, he defended his decision again. Michael Žantovský (for TOP 09) and Václav Láska (SEN 21) ran in his constituency. Zeman does not see a significant difference between them. “I would say that Mr. Žantovský is a bit more politically experienced, but there is no significant difference,” he said.
Social democracy failed in the senate and regional elections. According to Zeman, the CSSD will help if it has local candidates who will have the confidence of voters. Now, according to him, this was not the case in many cases. He pointed out that the party’s chairman Jan Hamáček, who, according to polls, has high voter confidence, did not run in the elections, as did the head of the ANO movement, Andrej Babiš. According to Zeman, the YES movement was beaten in the Senate elections because it had weak candidates, while it succeeded in the regional elections.
Zeman declined to say who should now head the Senate. According to him, it is purely up to the STAN movement, which won the elections, and the ODS, whom it will enforce at the head of the Senate. Miloš Vystrčil (ODS) is now the chairman of the upper chamber. He has disputes with Zeman over his trip to Taiwan. Zeman therefore refused to invite him to meetings of constitutional officials on foreign policy, while he pushed them out as the second highest constitutional official in the country. The President said he would invite any other head of the Senate to these meetings.
The president also announced that he would receive a state award actor Karel Fiala, made famous by the film Lemonade Joe. The castle is said to be doing everything to make the handover on October 28th.
“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.
Pre-election debate: Central Bohemia
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.
“If it is not possible in the entire province (of Buenos Aires), at least in the localities where there is low circulation of the virus, that there is a return to classes. We want the kids to return to the classroom as soon as possible“, remarked the minister.
Trotta also acknowledged that “it is not easy” and “it is difficult for us to project the return” because “we see that in the country today the Covid is impacting with great force, as it impacted on City two or three months ago. ”
Although once the meeting is over Trotta claimed that “there was no agreement”, They established joint work tables to bring positions closer and advance in the return of face-to-face classes in a safe way for the educational community.
In this sense, the minister clarified in the radio interview this afternoon that (with the City authorities) “It is not that we do not agree, the doubt we have is that it is not linked to a scheme of desire but of responsibility“” The difference we have is that the reengagement process is to go to squares or schools and, in the epidemiological field, it is that the conditions in this city are not given, “he added.
“The city went ahead in raising an agenda that was not the meeting,” he mentioned.
“We are going to do what the other specialists tell us,” Trotta said.
The couple enjoyed life and made plans for the future. Photo: social networks
The details of a terrible accident that claimed the lives of young spouses and their young children have become known. Let us remind you that everything happened late in the evening in the Beloretsk region of Bashkiria. There, at about 11 pm, on the 151st kilometer of the Ufa-Inzer-Beloretsk highway, the Volkswagen Polo car collided with an oncoming Man truck, after which the mangled foreign car was thrown into a ditch. Everyone who was in the cabin of a foreign car was instantly killed.
According to eyewitnesses of the accident, it was raining heavily that evening. The road was very wet and slippery, so the Volkswagen driver simply lost control of the bend, and therefore flew into the oncoming lane. The driver did not go for any overtaking, risking his family’s life.
A pile of twisted iron remained from the foreign car. Photo: Regional State Traffic Inspectorate
– It was a fatal accident. A passenger car skidded into the rain on a bend and drifted into the oncoming lane. The truck driver didn’t even have time to react. Now he is in severe shock and is waiting for a tow truck, – said a friend of the truck driver “Man”.
– Last night, we saw this family at a gas station, the girl managed to ride a scooter. Mom and son were standing next to them. When calculating, I wished them a good journey. So nice, polite, smiling. And now I came home from work, looked at the phone … Oh my god …. Before my eyes is a girl on a scooter, a doll! It was not night … Evening … They were already practically at home. We were the last ones who saw them and who took them on the road – gas station worker Almira G., who spoke with her family shortly before the accident, cannot hold back her tears.
According to the regional State Traffic Inspectorate, police officers, an ambulance and other emergency services worked at the scene. On the fact of the fatal road accident, proceedings have begun.
The truck driver is still in severe shock. Photo: Regional State Traffic Inspectorate
The head of the Beloretsk region, Andrei Ivanyuta, also commented on the tragedy and expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased family.
– The Ufa-Inzer-Beloretsk highway does not forgive mistakes. Even a slight speeding can turn into a terrible tragedy. Now, in the off-season, this road becomes especially dangerous. On the passes, the road, wet from rains, will begin to freeze, and drivers will need to drive cars very carefully, – the head of the district addressed the drivers.
“GIFTS ALL OVER THE ROAD LAYED LATER”
As it became known later, a whole family died in a broken foreign car – young spouses from Beloretsk Vlad and Nina I., as well as their little children of three and five years old. All of them received injuries incompatible with life and died on the spot before the arrival of doctors. Friends and relatives speak of the dead as kind and sympathetic people who enjoyed life, made plans for the future and loved each other very much, treasured their family.
As the father of the deceased 27-year-old woman said, the wife and children were returning home from Ufa, where they went to meet the head of the family.
The children missed their father, who worked in Moscow. Photo: social networks
– Vlad flew in from Moscow, he worked there, and the children were terribly bored, they were looking forward to dad. He brought them gifts, he wanted to please the children. These gifts all along the road then lay … – the man cannot hold back his tears.
Gifts bought for children were scattered all over the road
– Lord, these are our neighbors. Children grew up before our eyes. How could this happen? What a grief! Children are crumbs at all! – Svetlana N., a neighbor of the deceased family, grieves.
– Timosha, such a good, well-mannered boy, went to my group in a manger. The parents are so nice, nice. May the earth rest in peace for you, – laments the teacher of the deceased boy Alia D.
The driver’s wife who died was only 27 years old. Photo: social networks
– Sincere condolences to family and friends. A terrible tragedy that does not fit in my head. People, traffic rules are written in blood, follow them, please. After all, there is nothing to fix such a tragedy. Strength and patience to loved ones. Hold on, – regrets Nadia M.
KP-Ufa expresses its sincere condolences to the relatives of the deceased family.
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 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.
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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.