Updates: 10.11.2021 17:21
Prague – According to experts, the upcoming government coalition Spolu and PirSTAN are haphazard and unsystematic, the current government measures against the spread of the covid-19 epidemic. In a press release, their AntiCovid team stated that they only learned about the new measures from the media. Representatives of the ending government of Andrej Babiš (ANO) assured the team last week that the Ministry of Health would consult with him on the form and form of future measures, experts said. According to the government, they are sorry, but are ready to continue negotiations. They want to acquaint their Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch (for YES) at his meeting on Friday. The AntiCovid team has recently expanded to include representatives of Pirates and STAN. Experts around epidemiologist Petr Smejkal recommend testing in schools and work, for some mandatory vaccinations.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) wrote to ČTK in the morning to negotiate with the current opposition team that Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09), who should fill the position of Minister of Health in the new government, has a permanent invitation to a meeting of the Government Council for Health Risks. The head of his team, Roman Chlíbek, is an expert from the Ministry of Health during the entire epidemic, the prime minister said.
Today, the government decided on the obligation to wear respirators at universities during lectures by more than 50 people and on the obligation to regularly test unvaccinated inpatient health care providers. Foreigners who have been legally resident in the Czech Republic for a long time will have new covid-19 vaccinations paid for from the budget of the Ministry of Health. The Government Council for Health Risks will discuss further measures on Thursday morning, and its conclusions should be assessed by ministers at an extraordinary meeting on Friday.
According to the AntiCovid team, in order to manage the epidemic, it is necessary to immediately invite seniors to be vaccinated and to send this information to their attending physicians. Testing in nursing homes should be set up so that the infection is not introduced into these facilities, as happened last year. Vaccination of employees and clients of nursing homes should be completed within two weeks at the latest. According to the experts Spolu and PirSTAN, it is immediately necessary to ensure the use of modern available treatment for patients with covidem in accordance with the recommendations of professional societies. Treatment must be readily available in the field, they said. According to them, all patients should be tested as a precaution upon admission to the hospital. The organization of tracing the infected and their contacts should be taken over by the army in cooperation with regional hygienic stations, they concluded a set of recommendations.
Tests on Tuesday confirmed 14,539 cases of coronavirus, almost half as many as a week ago and the most per day since mid-March. There are almost 3,300 people in hospitals with 19 covid-19, 486 patients are in the most serious condition since the beginning of May. The daily number of coronavirus deaths this month did not fall below 30, reaching over 50 deaths. Tuesday’s number is among the twenty highest daily gains infected during the epidemic in the Czech Republic since the beginning of last March. Also, the number of hospitalizations with covid is about half as large as a week earlier. The last time they were infected were in hospitals at the end of April.
Experts recommend testing in schools and work, for some mandatory vaccinations
Experts around the epidemiologist Petr Smejkal recommend increasing testing capacities and making tests more affordable so that unvaccinated people do not avoid them for financial reasons. According to them, there is also a need to strengthen the tracing of the infected and their contacts, testing in schools and employment. They are also in favor of having vaccinated workers in health, social services and education. According to them, the epidemic will continue next year, and hospitals are overwhelmed again. Members of the Interdisciplinary Group on Epidemic Situations (MeSES) told reporters today.
According to MeSES members, it is wrong that the government does not want to continue testing in schools after November 15. The group has previously suggested that it be tested locally in schools at a rate of 100 infected per 100,000 inhabitants per week. The Ministry of Health has set the threshold at three times. According to demographer Dagmar Dzúrová, the number of new cases infected in the child population is now higher than in the worst periods of the previous waves of the epidemic, when schools were closing.
“As the situation is critical and the viral load in the population is very high, it no longer makes sense to proceed regionally, by district, as all districts already meet the threshold set for this measure,” MeSES members said in a statement. Experts also demand the immediate start of testing in institutions and work teams at least once a week.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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