The Czechs locked three districts. Only for three days. Emergency ends – World – News

On January 25, people are waiting to be tested before crossing the Czech-German border.

More than three hundred thousand people in the Czech Republic remained locked in their districts. They have been banned from traveling to the rest of the country since midnight on Thursday. But the cap will be valid for only three days. The Chamber of Deputies did not extend the state of emergency.

On Thursday, the Czech government restricted the movement of people in the districts of Cheb, Sokolov and Trutnov, in the trio of regions worst affected by the pandemic. The first two districts are located in the westernmost Karlovy Vary region along the German border, the Trutnov district in the East Bohemian Hradec Králové region borders Poland.

“Exceptions apply to trips to work or to ensure safety, internal order, crisis management and protection of public health,” said Minister of Health Jan Blatný.

It is also possible to travel between closed districts in some other cases. “Exceptions also include the provision of essential needs for relatives or a close person, the care of animals, the necessary travel to medical facilities, a wedding, a church or an office,” the minister added.

The measure also does not apply to the transit of international traffic, but truck drivers will not be allowed to stop in closed districts. On the other hand, many cottagers remain cut off from their cottages, especially in the Giant Mountains in the district of Trutnov. People who own real estate, but have a permanent residence elsewhere, will not be able to come to the closed districts.

Compliance with the measures will be supervised by the police on the driveways. If her forces are not enough, the government will ask the army for help. Checks will be located both at the borders of the districts, but also within them, especially at railway and bus stations. A total of 580 police officers will serve at up to 80 checkpoints.

In all three districts, hospitals are collapsing due to massive community-based transmission. Martin Straka, the head of the internal and covid department, explained the difficult situation at the hospital in Sokolov for Czech Television. “Every day we are experiencing a total crisis. You will receive 15 ambulances in an hour, but you only have two beds, you have to call, beg, the situation is much more crisis than many can imagine, “said Straka. The situation is similarly critical at the hospital in Cheb.

Whether the closure of the worst-affected districts will take three weeks, as requested by the hygienists, or just three days before the current state of emergency expires, was decided late in the evening. MEPs finally refused to extend the state of emergency.

The government asked the Chamber of Deputies to extend the state of emergency for another 30 days – until 16 March. The Communists, who in the past regularly voted for the extension of the state of emergency, this time told Prime Minister Andrej Babiš not to count on their votes. The prime minister of the minority government also asked for support from other opposition parties, but they flatly rejected this in a parliamentary debate on Thursday.

Minister Blatný argued before the deputies that the vast majority of government measures to limit the spread of coronavirus were linked to the state of emergency. If it did not continue, from Monday it would mean the opening of shops, services and the impossibility of restricting the gathering of people. In the case of non-extension, according to him, the situation in most Czech hospitals could be as critical within two weeks as it is now in Cheb, as critical as it is now in Cheb.

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