A new state of emergency has been in force in the Czech Republic since midnight, following on from the previous one

Updates: 27.02.2021 00:15

Prague – From today, a new state of emergency applies in the Czech Republic, seamlessly following the previous one. Due to the covid-19 epidemic, it was declared by the government on Friday for 30 days until March 28. The Chamber of Deputies called on the government to declare a state of emergency again, which refused to extend the state of emergency declared two weeks ago at the request of the governors. According to critics, the method of promulgation was in conflict with the constitution.

According to the submission report, the government is convinced that the reasons for the continued state of emergency in the Czech Republic have not ended, on the contrary, they are even more intense than before. In the future, according to the cabinet, it will be necessary to tighten anti-coronavirus measures, which is insufficient for the law on the protection of public health and the so-called pandemic law approved by the Chamber of Deputies. The cabinet described the current epidemiological situation in the material as the worst since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The state of emergency in the Czech Republic has been in force continuously since last October 5. Deputies repeatedly supported the government’s request, but rejected the latest proposal to extend the state of emergency until March 16. The state of emergency was to end in mid-February, but the cabinet, at the request of the governors, declared a subsequent state of emergency again. According to a number of lawyers or 35 senators who filed a motion for review with the Constitutional Court, this was in conflict with the constitution. The procedure of the cabinet has already been challenged before the Constitutional Court. According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES), however, the ministers made the right decisions, according to government lawyers.

Babiš told deputies on Friday that the government needed a state of emergency and needed people to cut off contacts, as was the case last March. According to him, the government has no other choice, because according to him, the measures he wants to take are almost the same as last March.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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