The government wants to extend the state of emergency in the Czech Republic
by another 30 days, until May 11.The extension, recommended by the
country’s Central Crisis Staff, has to be approved by the Chamber of
Deputies, which is to vote on it next week.
Some parties, including the Pirates and Civic Democrats, expressed reservations about the duration of state of emergency. The Pirates said they would support the proposal only if the government made clear when and under what conditions current protective measures against Covid-19 could be relaxed.
A state of emergency was declared in the Czech Republic on March 12 and remains in effect until April 11.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) praised the nation in a televised speech
on Monday evening for showing solidarity in responding to the coronavirus
pandemic, which he called a crisis “no country in Europe was prepared
Mr Babiš thanked people on the frontlines – healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters and soldiers – for their tireless work, and praised volunteers who helped others for example by sewing face masks at home to offset shortages.
He further praised all who have adhered to the emergency restrictive measures put in place to contain the spread of Covid-19 and asked for their further patience in the weeks ahead.
Opposition politicians by and large welcomed the tone of Mr Babiš’s speech, in which he showed empathy and also expressed humility in acknowledging missteps by his government.
Since emergency anti-coronavirus measures went into place, Vietnamese shops across the Czech Republic have been offering refreshments to health and rescue service workers. Hundreds of cornershop and restaurant owners have put up signs featuring red hearts to signal they are taking part in this act of solidarity.
There are more than half a million foreigners living in the Czech Republic, according to data from the Ministry of Interior. With the COVID-19 epidemic in full swing across Europe they have found themselves in a strange situation in recent weeks, living in a country tightly restricted by quarantine and often unable to travel home to visit and support their families. Radio Prague International spoke to some of them to find out more about how they have been impacted by the situation and what they think of the measures that have been taken.
General practitioners who lack facemasks and respirators should not attend
to patients and restrict their activity to providing on-line services and
e-prescriptions, the Association of Czech General Practitioners said on
It further advised doctors who do not have protective gear to lock up their waiting rooms and only see patients with serious problems by appointment. The association has expressed concern over the lack of respirators and protective gear for a large number of GPs who are exposed to infection daily.
Czech pharmacists, who also lack respirators have appealed to people not to come in for medicaments if they are ill and send a healthy member of the family in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. They have also urged people not to visit pharmacies for things like dental care products or cosmetics.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says the country is the “most active” when it comes to combating the coronavirus COVID-19 in Europe. The State Security Council has certainly issued many executive orders in recent weeks to help fight the sickness. Here is a rundown of what is in place in some key areas as of Wednesday, March 11.
The Czech government has sent a warning to Czechs travelling in high-risk
areas of the danger of coronavirus infection and given them directions on
how to behave upon their return.
People returning from high-risk areas are being asked to stay at home and contact their GP who will then decide on a further course of action.
Those without symptoms will remain in quarantine at home, those showing signs of the disease will be tested. 307 Czechs are currently in quarantine, most of them after returning from northern Italy.
No case of coronavirus infection has so far been registered in the country.
As the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in Europe, the Czech government is increasing precautions. At a press briefing on Thursday Health Minister Adam Vojtěch stressed that as of yet there are no confirmed cases of the virus in the Czech Republic and urged citizens not to give way to panic.
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