There is not enough support in the Chamber of Deputies to vote in favour of
the government's intention to prolong the current state of emergency
until May 25, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Czech Television
on Sunday. If the motion were not to pass, the prime minister said it would
mean an end to the current precaution measures enacted over the past month
and a half.
A state of emergency is currently enacted in the country to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to run out on April 30. However, earlier this week the government agreed to propose it be extended until May 25.
Care in hospitals could return to normal by the end of June, the director
of the country’s largest health insurance company, VZP, Miloslav Ludvík
said on Czech Television on Sunday. Hospitals in the country were asked to
postpone their planned operations by the Ministry of Health to focus on the
coronavirus pandemic, with large sections of staff allocated to treat
patients affected by COVID-19.
The VZP director went on to say that the insurance company has calculated its losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic to lie at around CZK 31 billion. The government’s decision to raise the level of insurance payments, along with the company’s own reserves will help mitigate the losses.
The head of Prague’s Motol hospital, Zdeněk Kabátek, said that the spread rate of COVID-19 is the same as with other coronaviruses registered over the past 7 years and is considerably lower than, for example, when it comes to measles. He went on to say that he “heavily criticised” the World Health Organisation for what he said was a lacking methodological role which would educate people about the virus and stop people from being “scared”.
More than 12,000 Czechs have thus far been tested for the coronavirus as
part of a large scale Ministry of Health study, launched three days ago,
which seeks to get an accurate estimate of the amount of the population
that may have already had COVID-19 and has therefore developed antibodies.
The largest level of interest has been registered in Prague, where the required quota of volunteers has been fulfilled for all age groups, Czech Television reported on Sunday. Meanwhile, in Brno, quota have been filled up for the over 60s age group.
Testing also continues in Olomouc, Litoměřice, Litovel and Uničov.
In total, the study is expected to take two-weeks and test a mix of 27,000 pre-selected individuals and volunteers.
Drought and other symptoms of climate change are threats which cause most
concern among Czechs. Meanwhile the fear of another pandemic ranks third on
the imaginary scale, just after that of a major economic crisis. This
according to an exclusive survey conducted by the polling agency MEDIAN for
According to respondents, drought and related climate change symptoms are considered to be a threat by 85 percent of Czechs, the same ratio of Czechs also said they fear another economic crisis, although the level of certainty was lower. The fear of another viral pandemic came in third in the survey, with 77 percent saying they either seriously, or slightly fear the outbreak of another disease.
War and the threat of cyber attack came in fourth, being a source of fear among 57 percent of Czechs, followed by social isolation with 55 percent and the weakening of democracy at 42 percent.
The survey was conducted between April 22-23, 2020.
A new study, which will focus on measuring the numbers and rates of
COVID-19 infections among drug addicts and service staff in addiction
centres across the Czech Republic, is set to be launched on Monday. Under
the name ADI-COVID-19, the study will be realised by the National
Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction (NMC).
Tests will be carried out on a weekly basis in addiction centres across the Czech Republic and will help establish an overall picture of the number of coronavirus infections in the country, the head of the NMC, Viktor Mravčík, said ahead of the study’s launch.
A total of 30,000 tests could be used in total on 2,000 drug addicts and an unspecified number of service staff during the study. Participation in the study is to be voluntary.
As of Sunday morning there were 7,352 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in
the Czech Republic, 79 more than the previous day. This is the second
lowest increase in cases over the past two week period. However, at 4,411,
the number of COVID-19 tests carried out on Saturday was also lower by
several thousand units than during work days. The death toll has risen by 4
One of the key positive indicators is that the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 has shrunk by 33 on Saturday to a total of 352, experts told the Czech News Agency.
Revenues from domestic online stores could rise by 20 percent to a record
CZK 190 billion in 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic, according to the
Czech Association of E-commerce. The association’s director Jan Vetyška,
says the crisis has led to both more clients turning to online stores and
more businesses setting up e-commerce channels.
In January experts were predicting online sales to grow by 15 percent in 2020. Now, it seems that growth could exceed this figure even by 10 percent, if conditions on the market remain highly favourable, says Mr Vetyška.
Large numbers of people came out onto the streets on Saturday to visit
farmers markets, newly reopened as part of the first series of government
easing on coronavirus quarantine restrictions, news site iDnes.cz reports.
Photographic images show Prague's popular market location on Naplavka near Palackeho square, flooded by the public. Due to the cramped nature of the spaces, social distancing rules are hard to maintain, iDnes.cz writes, but discipline is being kept where possible.
Disinfectants and single-use gloves are available at some locations.