Apart from grocery stores, drugstores and pharmacies, all shops, services, schools would be closed and the free movement of the population would be significantly restricted.
The Czech government plans to introduce the strictest restrictions so far. According to reports in the local press on Thursday morning, all shops, services, schools, except grocery stores, drugstores and pharmacies would be closed and the free movement of the population would be significantly restricted. Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamácek, Minister of the Interior, confirmed to the public service news television that the government will ask the parliament to extend the state of emergency, which expires at midnight on Saturday, for another month.
“Some of the planned precautions can only be implemented in an emergency”
Hamacek pointed out.
He did not want to clarify the expected measures, because he believes that a final decision has not yet been made at the extraordinary government meeting at night, and the ideas are to be discussed with the opposition first. Petr Fiala, president of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), said they understand the situation is serious, but they can only accept government measures if they are thoroughly justified by ministers. It was announced that
the Czech government will meet for another extraordinary hearing on Thursday night.
Already at night, the cabinet imposed a travel ban on dozens of African and South American countries that had a South African mutation in the coronavirus. Nova Commercial Television has been informed that
all schools, kindergartens, hotels, services and shops would be completely closed for three weeks in March. The movement of the population would be restricted to certain regions, with the exception of going to work and visiting doctors.
From Thursday morning, respirators of at least category FFP2 must be worn in shops, public transport and medical institutions in the Czech Republic. In the Czech Republic, screenings revealed 13,657 new confirmed coronavirus infections on Wednesday, which is 2,700 more than a week ago. There are about 7,000 covid patients in the hospitals, 1,400 of whom are severe. Health Minister Jan Blatny acknowledged that
Czech hospitals are on the verge of their capacity.
Further deterioration of the epidemic situation could lead to a collapse in hospital care in the coming weeks. Most hospitals have stopped virtually all other services except acute care. The main problem is the workload of the medical staff, the minister pointed out. He confirmed that the bed capacity of both the special covidos and the intensive care units had practically reached its upper limit. On Wednesday, only about 15 percent of the beds were free.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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