Czech companies are slowly starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus epidemic that is a major threat to China and its economy, the news site Novinky.cz reports. Some companies have goods locked in Chinese warehouses and scheduled deliveries of components for computers, mobile phones and various other electronic devices are late or have stopped altogether due to production restrictions or closed factories in China.
The Czech Republic is to send 4.5 tonnes of medical equipment worth over
three million crowns to China to help tackle the coronavirus epidemic
currently afflicting the country, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček
announced at a press conference on Thursday.
The humanitarian aid, including facemasks, respirators, latex gloves, disinfectants and protective medical uniforms, will be sent to China on Monday on a plane from Vienna, paid for by the European Union.
The Czech Republic will also provide financial aid amounting to six million crowns, which will be distributed through the World Health Organisation.
The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus a global emergency and cases of the infection, which originated in China, have been discovered in a number of European states. What are the chances of the coronavirus appearing in the Czech Republic? And what should other countries be doing to help the Chinese? I discussed those questions and more with Dr. Srdan Matic, head of the WHO’s office in the Czech Republic.
While there are still no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic, facemask and basic pharmaceuticals sales are going through the roof as many have chosen to take precautions. These involve prevention measures in one of the country’s most popular local destinations for Chinese tourists.
The country’s National Security Council is due to meet on Monday to
address the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
told the Czech News Agency on Sunday.
The deadly virus has killed at least 56 people in China and infected at least 2,000 globally since its discovery in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
Mr Babiš said random checks are already being carried out at Prague airport, focusing on people who are showing symptoms of the disease. According to Health Minister Adam Vojtěch, there are no immediate plans to introduce blanket screenings of patients arriving from the affected areas.
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