The air carriers Smartwings and Czech Airlines are suspending all flights
from and to the Czech Republic for the duration of the government ban on
travel. They will ground 23 planes at the country’s four international
Smartwings and Czech Airlines earlier announced that people flying with them can re-book their flights without any sanctions. The decision pertains to any flights that coincide with the ban which may last for 30 days or longer, up until June 30.
As of midnight Sunday international passenger trains and busses will not be allowed to cross the border.Freight trains will be allowed free passage.
The foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group states (the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) and Germany will hold a video-conference on
the coronavirus epidemic, the situation on the Greek-Turkish border and EU
related issues on Friday.
Their meeting in Prague was cancelled due to the coronavirus health threat.
The prime ministers of the V4 states recently met in Prague to discuss measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic including special regimes on their borders and possible humanitarian aid in the event of a worsening crisis.
Intentional spreading of the coronavirus has been classified as a criminal
offense punishable by law.
Justice Minister Marie Benešová issued an edict placing COVID 19 on the list of infectious diseases which present a serious public health threat. The new classification has been approved by the government.
The move is to put off people who are in quarantine from going out and putting others at risk. Over 1,200 people have been quarantined to date. Their numbers are expected to grow.
The Czech government has declared an unprecedented ban on travel in
connection with the coronavirus epidemic.
Czechs and foreign nationals with permanent or long-term residence (90 days) in the Czech Republic will not be allowed to leave the country. Foreigners will not be able to enter the country for the duration of the 30-day state of emergency declared on March 12th.
The ban will not effect cross-border workers, truck and bus drivers, pilots and emergency services employees.
The ban will come into force oat midnight on Sunday.
Czechs abroad will be allowed to return home but those returning from "high-risk" countries will be quarantined for 14 days.
According to the country’s mobile operators there are currently 205,000 Czechs abroad out of which 196,000 are in Europe.
The “high risk” states are: China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Denmark and France.
The great Czech athlete Dana Zátopková has died in Prague at the age of
97, a representative of the Dukla sports club told iRozhlas.cz on Friday.
Zátopková won gold in the javelin for Czechoslovakia at the 1952 Olympic
Games in Helsinki and also took silver at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
She became European javelin champion in 1954 and 1958 and set a new world record at the age of 35, making her the oldest women to break one at an outdoor athletics event.
Dana Zátopková was the widow of the famous runner Emil Zátopek, who himself won three golds at Helsinki.
The Czech prime minister has urged the public to remain calm and stop panic
buying in the face of the coronavirus threat.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš made the appeal on Twitter following a meeting on Thursday with representatives of the country’s biggest retail stores who assured him they would not run out of stock.
Shoppers took supermarkets by storm after the government declared a state of emergency on Thursday, buying vast amounts of non-perishable food products.
In view of the spread of the coronavirus, Czech e-shops are no longer
taking payments in cash, the ctk news agency reported. Couriers leave the
deliveries outside people’s doors so as to avoid coming into direct
contact with clients.
Kosik, Rohlik, and Tesco have all posted the announcement on their web pages. Rohlik says it is preparing a solution for older clients who are used to paying in cash.
Many primary and secondary schools have started communicating with pupils
online, offering on-line lessons, testing and homework.
Education Minister Robert Plaga has welcomed the initiative in view of the fact that schools are expected to remain closed for at least a month within measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
One Prague school has launched a campaign in support of online classes and is sharing ideas and offering advice on how this can best be handled.
Experts say this health crisis will test the schools preparedness for IT communication in education.
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