Anti-epidemic system PES: Blatný is preparing changes, Babiš does not want to disintegrate

Whether there are changes that table includes, final, or whether there will be any further adjustments is uncertain. “We will not comment on any versions that circulate in space. The Minister will present the table to the Ministers first, “ said Blesk Barbora Peterová, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health.

The final version of the updated table of measures linked to the anti-epidemic PES system should be ready today, the health minister wants it on Friday Jan Blatný (for YES) to present to the government at an extraordinary meeting, he told reporters in the House.

Table on the server continues to take into account the 5 levels of the anti-epidemic system. In each of them, it is stated how many hospitalized are necessary for a given degree.

Currently, the Czechia is in the 5th grade “dog”, the Ministry of Health reports 6608 hospitalized. Premier Andrej Babiš (YES) said on Sunday that it would dismantle around 2,000 hospitalized. “We have to get somewhere around two thousand covid patients, because it’s not possible to disintegrate in this state.” Babiš said in his regular Sunday report.

1st degree “dog” under a thousand hospitalized?

According to, the amended PES assumes that the lower limit for the 5th degree is 4,000 hospitalized with covid-19, of which 400 hospitalized in the ICU. The 4th degree then has the limit of 3000 hospitalized (300 in the ICU), the 3rd degree 2000 hospitalized (200 in the ICU), the 2nd degree over 1000 hospitalized (100 in the ICU). Only under a thousand hospitalized could the Czechia be in the 1st degree of a “dog”.

Babiš stated today that the government it does not want to dismantle epidemic measures yet and after the approval of the House with the extension of the state of emergency will extend the now valid.

Blatný: We do not plan bans on family relationships

Co-author of the PES risk score calculation, Jan Kulveit from Oxford University, said on Tuesday that due to the faster-spreading British mutation of a new type of coronavirus, measures in the fifth degree should be adjusted to slow down the epidemic. The sixth stage should be prepared, he says.

“Setting up further tightening of the anti-epidemic system is not on the table now,” said Minister Blatný today.

“But we are not planning any further tightening now in the sense of a ban on family contact, as some countries have, or perhaps a ban on citizens walking more than x kilometers around their home.. There is nothing like that on the table now, “Blatný added.

Still closed restaurant

According to, the modified PES system envisages that, for example, restaurants will be able to continue to operate in the Czech Republic in the 4th and 5th degree only through the dispensing window. In the 3rd stage, “50% of the capacity is allowed, maximum 4 people at one table, only seated guests, no reproduction / live music, operation from 6:00 to 23:00”.

The Minister of Health, Jan Blatný (for YES), has previously stated that in the current epidemic situation, the government did not talk about loosening at all in the case of restaurants, and according to him, it is not possible.

“A restaurant as one of the few areas is demonstrably a place – and in principle it’s not against restaurants – but it’s a place where people meet nearby, where they can’t have veils because they consume food or drink. And it can be seen from foreign studies that this is a place where the risk of infection is about twice that of a normal meeting. In level number 5, no one is considering opening restaurants, not only in our country, but in no other country, so we haven’t discussed restaurants in any way yet, “Blatný said in a press release after the government meeting.

Behind sports or culture only with a negative test?

The new table of measures for the anti-epidemic system should include the possibility to increase the number of spectators for some events when submitting a negative test for coronavirus. However, according to Blatný, this does not apply to the fifth, most risky degree, whose measures the Czechia is now following.

The amended PES in the version according to then includes i new rules for sport and culture. In the 4th level, it would include “organizational and regime measures, spacings of 2 meters in common areas, respiratory protective equipment, 20% of the capacity, a maximum of 300 seated persons, negative antigen / PCR test <48 hours, visitor records, a ticket ordering system, without the singing of spectators “, as the table describes.

In the 3rd stage, it works with the possibility of up to 1000 seats and max. 50% of the capacity, above 1000 seats there are two variants in whether visitors will have a negative test or not.

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Babiš told ČTK today that the numbers of newly infected and hospitalized do not suggest a breakdown. At the request of the government to extend the state of emergency until 21 February, the Chamber of Deputies will act on Thursday.

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Babiš is also considering the possibility of introducing it, following the example of Germany and Austria in public transport and shops, the obligation to wear surgical drapes and respirators.

Concerns about the British mutation

In connection with the spread of the so-called British coronavirus mutation, Germany and Austria are introducing the obligation to wear respirators or surgical drapes in public transport and shops. According to Babiš, the Czechia has enough of them in stock and among producers, the question is their price and the threat that their price will rise with higher demand. According to him, a reduction in the price by the state could mean that producers would rather export them.

A British mutation of a new type of coronavirus was reported in mid-December in England. A more contagious variant of the infection has so far been proven, for example, in Germany, Slovakia and Hungary, with suspicion of the occurrence of a mutation being reported by Austria. In the Czech Republic, laboratories confirmed it on Monday.

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Blatny said after Monday’s government meeting that the mutation is not more dangerous, but is spreading about 40 percent faster. What happens in an epidemic in ten days can happen in six cases in the case of the British mutation, he added. Due to the faster spread, mutations between virus variants are likely to predominate.

Researcher from Oxford University and PSA co-author Jan Kulveit warns of the impact of the British mutation. It warns against the rapid spread of the virus and its effects on the overall situation. According to him, PES was not developed to include a new virus mutation, risk index or belonging. “Even level 5 may not be enoughto slow down the “British” version. It is advisable to think of both PES 5 adjust to slow down more, such as pressure on testing and homeoffice in companies. PES level 6 should also be prepared. “ wrote Kulveit in an extensive post on Facebook.

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