The government will stop easing the coronavirus restrictions if the number
of infected comes close to 400 a day, the country’s leading
epidemiologist, Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula said on Czech
Mr. Prymula said the government’s plan to gradually ease restrictions and replace them with the smart quarantine plan will only work if the spread of the epidemic can be held in check.
If there is an upsurge of infected persons – and their number rises to around 400 a day – the government would be forced to tighten the reigns once again, Prymula said.
The highest number of infected persons this week was 295,registered on Wednesday.
More than 80,000 people have petitioned the education minister, Robert
Plaga, for schools not to reopen until next autumn.
According to the head of the Parent‘s Forum, Petr Chaluš, a growing number of parents do not like the idea of their children having to spend the entire school day wearing masks and do not trust small children to adhere to the many safety precautions.
There is concern that if schools re-open in mid-May, as planned, it will only worsen the coronavirus epidemic in the country, Chaluš said.
In a brief Easter address to the nation President Miloě Zeman called for
friendship, love, respect and solidarity in these difficult times. Easter
is a time of faith and hope, the president said, expressing the conviction
that the nation would come through this test if people helped each other
and stuck together.
In an interview for TV Prima the president thanked the government for the measures taken to protect the public and said that he was in favour of maintaining a policy of fairly strict restrictions since they had shown themselves to be effective, unlike the liberal approach adopted elsewhere.
The NGO White Circle of Safety has warned about the growing danger of
domestic violence as a result of the ongoing quarantine.
The NGO says that due to the restrictions victims may be in a worse position that usual and virtually unable to call for help.
Police are reported to have barred 344 people from their homes over domestic violence since the start of the year, but experts say the full extent of the problem may only come to light after the crisis ends.
A law clearly defining domestic violence which enables the police to bar abusers from their homes for a certain period in order to give the victim time to consider their situation and act was approved in 2007.
Since then it has been applied in close to 16,000 households.
The number of people with confirmed coronavirus infection reached 5905 on
Sunday morning, according to data released by the Czech Ministry of Health.
132 deaths are reported.
Meanwhile, 422 people have recovered from COVID 19. Over 400 people are currently hospitalized with the infection, 96 of them are in a serious condition. Czech labs have tested over 120,000 people to date.
The head of the Central Crisis Staff, Jan Hamáček, has expressed concern
over the fact that with the Easter holidays and loosening of restrictions
people have become less disciplined in protecting themselves against the
Hamáček said that allowing people in certain situations such as biking, running or hiking, not to wear a face mask had been a mistake since it had triggered a more benevolent attitude which could prove to be a serious setback in the fight against the epidemic.
The health minister, Adam Vojtěch, and the country’s leading epidemiologist Roman Prymula have also warned Czechs that the danger is far from over.
The police, who are out in force monitoring adherence to the restrictions, report more people breaking the rules, gathering in groups without masks, eating, drinking or smoking together.
Hobby markets which opened over Easter were also reported to be packed with people.
As of April 11, people can start using the eRouška app, prepared by
experts working on the COVID19CZ platform.
The application is one of the components of the smart quarantine plan and is intended to help hygienists trace people who have come into contact with someone found to be COVID positive.
The program can be downloaded for free on Google Play. The smart quarantine plan is being tested in South Moravia and will gradually be extended to the whole country as a means of keeping the spread of the disease in check.
The owners of private Prague theatres are calling for the resignation of
Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek for allegedly neglecting the needs of
part of the cultural sector.
They are protesting against the fact that the 1.07 billion crown aid package for cultural institutions is to be divided solely among state institutions and those which receive state subsidies.
The owner of the Prague Broadway Theater Oldřich Lichtenberg who is leading the protest claims that the decision will lead to the complete liquidation of the non-subsidized culture segment.
“You will destroy many theaters, festivals, art agencies, organizers, producers and especially tens of thousands of actors, singers and all other professions that are linked to these subjects,” Lichtenberg said in a an open letter to the culture minister.
Minister Zaorálek has rejected the criticism saying that support for private entrepreneurs will also be discussed.