The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic has
climbed to 81, with 18 new cases registered on Wednesday, the minister of
health, Adam Vojtěch, said. One woman with the Covid-19 disease has been
placed in intensive care in Brno while a male patient in Prague is on a
life support machine.
Mr. Vojtěch said no cases of community transmission had been registered since one involving a taxi driver detected early in the week.
On Tuesday the government banned public events attended by 100 or more people, while schools and universities have also been closed. A top official said those measures would be in place for at least a month in a bid to combat the spread of the virus.
Matches in the next two rounds of the Czech football league will take place
behind closed doors in connection with efforts to halt the spread of the
coronavirus. Those rounds will be followed by a break for international
games and at that point the League Football Association will decide on how
to proceed further. The head of the association, Dušan Svoboda, said this
was the least worst alternative at the present time.
By contrast the organisers of the Czech ice hockey league have put the competition on hold until March 29 as they say some clubs are unable to meet the condition of having no more than 100 persons in attendance at games. If it is not possible to resume the league on March 30 then the current season of the Extraliga will end prematurely, they said.
Wednesday’s decisions followed a government ban announced the previous day on public gatherings of 100 or more people.
The head of the Civic Democrats deputies group, Zbyněk Stanjura, has
called on the chairman of the lower house’s Electoral Committee,
Stanislav Berkovec of ANO, to step down. If he does not do so, Mr. Stanjura
said he would convene a discussion on his removal. This follows the leaking
of an email by Mr. Berkovec in which he assessed candidates for the Czech
Television Council and their possible political leanings.
Christian Democrats leader Marian Jurečka said candidates could not be evaluated solely in terms of what they could do for the ANO party.
The Electoral Committee headed by Mr. Berkovec is involved in the selection of candidates for the councils overseeing Czech Television and Czech Radio.
The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, says the minister of health, Adam
Vojtěch, has assured him that the State Security Council will consider a
temporary ban on Airbnb-type accommodation services in the city. The call
comes in connection with efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Mr. Hřib said on Twitter that whereas it was possible to trace visitors staying at hotels, this was far harder with Airbnb. He added that hotels were obliged to maintain certain norms and rules. Earlier, the mayor of the city centre Prague 1 district called for a freeze on short-term accommodation, pointing out that two French people who had stayed in central Prague had been discovered to have Covid-19 on their return home.
The Prague Castle authorities have closed all the complex’s buildings
that are normally open to the public in connection with the coronavirus
crisis. The grounds remain open, a spokesperson for the Prague Castle
Administration said on Wednesday. The changing of the Castle Guard, which
takes place every day at noon, has also been suspended.
Prague Castle is one of the most visited sites in the Czech Republic, attracting around two million tourists every year.
All events attended by 100 people or more have been banned in the Czech Republic, while the Ministry of Culture has closed all state museums and galleries.
Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula says school closures and a Czech
government ban on gatherings of 100 people or more will remain in place for
at least a month. Speaking to the DVTV video site, he said after that
period officials would reassess the necessity of the measures aimed at
halting the spread of the coronavirus.
Mr. Prymula said that the number infected with Covid-19 was likely to reach the hundreds by the end of this week, adding that the compulsory wearing of surgical masks could be introduced if the situation did not improve.
At 4:30 pm on Wednesday the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic had reached 75. Around 1,400 people had been tested for the Covid-19 disease by that time.
A two-year-old child in Prague has tested positive for the new coronavirus,
according to the city’s Public Health Service.
The toddler is the first person under the age of six diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic. The majority of those infected are between the ages of 21 and 64.
As of Wednesday morning, there were 64 confirmed cases, of which 34 were in Prague. Two of the latest in the Czech capital are US citizens, infected by a woman who had returned from Italy.
After Prague, the greatest number of cases are in the Ústí nad Labem and Central Bohemia regions, with 12 and 8 cases, respectively.Most are in quarantine at their homes.
Czech Radio has begun broadcasting rare and unique musical recordings from
the archive of the late composer Václav Riedlbauch.
The collection includes nearly 300 chamber, vocal and orchestral compositions by 30 composers, including works by Riedlbauch himself, and those of his students and peers.
Riedlbauch, a former head of the Czech Philharmonic, is perhaps best known for his ballet adaptation of Macbeth, which ran for six seasons at the National Theatre.
Among the 64 confirmed cases of coronarivus is a Prague Uber driver, who
and had at least 90 clients in the two days before being diagnosed and may
be a source of community-borne infection.
Epidemiologist Roman Prymula told Czech Television it was serious development. Another case is a Japanese national working in Olomouc, northern Moravia, who had travelled to Germany and the United Kingdom in recent days.
The National Security Council on Tuesday announced the closure of primary and secondary schools, as well as the cancellation of events bringing more than 100 people together. Many Czech universities have also cancelled lessons, including the technical and economic universities in Prague.