Blatný did not rule out further tightening of measures against the spread of coronavirus, Wednesday will decide

“By no means is it possible to consider any loosening,” Blatný said. On Saturday, tests showed 8406 new positives, which was 3400 more than last week. On Sunday, as on Friday, there were fewer of them than a week ago.

The Minister also presented that the anti-epidemic measures taken in the Czech Republic are comparable to those taken by most of the surrounding European countries. “Across Europe, the coronavirus is affecting all countries severely. There are not big differences, “said the minister.

According to Blatný, for example, France, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ireland or Hungary have a comparable or stricter night curfew and collection restrictions. In addition, some are limited by distance from home. Austria, Germany, France or the United Kingdom have identically closed establishments. “This sector is very risky and all countries treat it the same,” the minister added.

Austria, Denmark, Germany or the Netherlands have shops with only basic necessities open. In Hungary, they are only open in the morning and on weekends reserved for those over 65 years of age. Schools are completely closed and for distance learning in Germany and Poland except kindergartens. They are due to open next week in Austria. In Slovakia, they extended their holidays until January 10 and now they are teaching remotely. The plan to open kindergartens and primary schools is January 25. According to Blatný, the surrounding countries also have similar measures for culture or sports.

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According to Blatný, if the number of new cases has already begun to decline, this will manifest itself in hospitals in a week at the earliest. “Now the hospital needs to be emptied. Because if another wave comes or even just a wave, they will go to hospitals, which are already overloaded, “he added.

Hospitals, especially in the Karlovy Vary and Moravian-Silesian regions, complain about the lack of capacity. The problem is a lack of staff rather than beds. In recent days, patients have also been transported between hospitals. The Karlovy Vary region asked the government to ask Germany for help, where patients could be moved. On Sunday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) and Minister Blatný stated that there are sufficient capacities in the surrounding regions.

According to him, some German federal states have free capacities in intensive care units, for example 14 percent, in the Czech Republic it is on average 20 percent. “It wouldn’t be fair to want help from someone who is as bad as we are,” he said. The Czech Republic will resolve the situation with the help of the intensive care dispatch center at home. “Although at the cost of more complex logistics operations,” he added.

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