The Czech Republic declares a national emergency

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The Czech Republic declares a national emergency


Measure applies from Friday. The seven-day incidence rose to 1,097 per 100,000 people nationwide.





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The Czech Republic is again declaring a national emergency due to the increasing number of corona infections. This was announced by the acting Prime Minister Andrej Babis after a report by the CTK agency in Prague on Thursday. The state of emergency enables the government to suspend fundamental rights such as freedom of assembly. In addition, medical students can be obliged to serve in hospitals. Following a cabinet decision, the measure will initially apply for 30 days from Friday.

The eastern parts of the country are particularly badly affected. On Thursday, 19 corona patients were transferred to Prague by helicopter and ambulance from overloaded hospitals in Brno. The seven-day incidence rose to 1,097 per 100,000 people nationwide. Only just under 6.3 million of the 10.7 million inhabitants of the Czech Republic are fully vaccinated. In many areas, such as in hotels and restaurants, the 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered) now applies.

The opposition, which won a majority in the October election and is to provide the future government, complained in advance that it was not involved in the decisions. “Nobody has consulted a declaration of emergency with us,” criticized the conservative health expert Tom Philipp. The last state of emergency was from the beginning of October 2020 to mid-April 2021.

Zeman with Corona back in the hospital

Czech President Milos Zeman, who was released from hospital on Thursday after almost seven weeks, was brought back to the hospital on the same day. The reason is a positive Covid test, reported the radio station “Frekvence 1” on Thursday evening. Allegedly, the 77-year-old, who has already been vaccinated against Corona three times, has so far not had any Covid symptoms, it said.

Zeman’s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek confirmed on Thursday evening that the president had a positive corona test and was therefore taken back to the hospital. Zeman will suspend his work program for the time of the treatment. The official appointment of the head of the conservative Democratic Citizens Party (ODS) Petr Fiala as the new head of government, planned for tomorrow, Friday, will not take place.

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