Vojtěch: We do not intend to back down from testing at the camps

Updates: 09.06.2021 18:38

Prague – The Ministry of Health will insist that participants in summer camps longer than a week be required to test for covid-19 every seven days. This was stated today by the Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch (for YES) in an interview for Czech Radio Radiožurnál. The organizers of the camps do not agree with repeated testing at events, according to them this will significantly complicate the organization. They therefore asked the ministry for a change.

“We do not intend to back down from this at the moment,” Vojtech said today. According to him, it is not possible to guarantee that children from the camp will not go to the city, for example, or that they will not have any contacts with people outside the camp. As in schools, according to Vojtěch, they can do a self-test, which costs tens of crowns lower. Asked whether this would apply, for example, to camps that take place in the countryside outside the built-up area, he said that the ministry was not able to set the conditions in detail for different types of camps.

If the development of the epidemic worsens in some regions, for example, comprehensive testing in companies could apply in the summer as well. Mandatory testing in companies is due to end at the end of this month. Vojtěch said that if there were fundamental differences in the development of the epidemic between the regions, local measures could be taken, which would include, for example, area testing in companies.

Also, according to the director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (IHIS) Ladislav Dušek, the further development of the covid epidemic needs to be monitored in districts or municipalities. According to him, the worst situation is currently in the Český Krumlov, České Budějovice, Prachatice and Klatovy regions, where the epidemic still has a growing tendency.

The minister, who took office at the end of May, said he did not plan any major changes in the composition of the team’s expert teams. However, he contacted the epidemiologist and dean of the Ostrava Medical Faculty, Rastislav Maďar, if he would help him externally. The Hungarian had already advised Vojtěch during his previous work at the ministry. Vojtěch stated that he also spoke with the epidemiologist Petr Smejkal, who leads the Interdisciplinary Group for Epidemic Situations (MeSES). It used to be an advisory group to the ministry, but the office ended its cooperation with it under Minister Petr Arenberger. According to Vojtěch, it is not the case that MeSES would return to the ministry, but the office wants to consult with it.

On Thursday, Vojtěch will meet with representatives of general practitioners, who he wants to ask to contact his senior patients who do not yet have vaccinations against covid and offered them vaccination. About a fifth of people over the age of 80 and in the age group 70 to 79, according to data The ministry has not yet received the first dose of vaccination.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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