Today, according to information from the Czech News Agency, the government declared a state of emergency for 14 days throughout the Czech Republic due to the covid-19 epidemic, based on a request from the governors. The new state of emergency will last until February 28. It will start at midnight today and build on the current state of emergency, which will end at the same time. On Saturday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) stated that, according to the cabinet’s analysis, the procedure is in accordance with the Constitution. However, according to some lawyers or the head of the Senate, Miloš Vystrčil (ODS), he is bypassing the Constitution and the Chamber of Deputies.
All governors, including the mayor of Prague, asked the government to declare a state of emergency in their region after morning meetings with ministers. According to Babiš, after Thursday’s disagreement with the extension of the current state of emergency, this was the only way to maintain sufficient measures against covid-19. The cabinet plans to negotiate with the opposition on another form of fighting the epidemic. The governors and representatives of the parliamentary parties have reservations about a number of measures.
Deputy Prime Minister Alena Schillerová (for YES) thanked the Association of Regions for a factual discussion. “It simply came to our notice then. This is nothing less than protecting the health of us all. The governors are closer to the people than the opposition deputies in the palaces of Malá Strana, “she said on Twitter. The government’s request for an extension of the state of emergency compared to previous cases was not supported by the KSČM; the cabinet then did not find agreement with any of the other opposition parties.
Most of the government’s measures against covid-19 are linked to the duration of the state of emergency, without its duration the cabinet would have to declare restrictions in accordance with the regulation on the protection of public health. However, according to ministers, such rules would be insufficient in the current development of the epidemic. The governors today called on the government to urgently discuss a new pandemic bill. According to Babiš, Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES) will submit it to the government on Monday.
Source: E15.cz by www.e15.cz.
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