As the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in Europe, the Czech government is increasing precautions. At a press briefing on Thursday Health Minister Adam Vojtěch stressed that as of yet there are no confirmed cases of the virus in the Czech Republic and urged citizens not to give way to panic.
As the new COVID-19 coronavirus spreads from China to countries around the world, scientists are intensifying efforts to produce an effective cure. Among the most promising drugs so far is Remdesivir, which was originally developed to fight the Ebola virus. One of the people behind its development is the Czech biochemist Tomáš Cihlář.
Czech companies are slowly starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus epidemic that is a major threat to China and its economy, the news site Novinky.cz reports. Some companies have goods locked in Chinese warehouses and scheduled deliveries of components for computers, mobile phones and various other electronic devices are late or have stopped altogether due to production restrictions or closed factories in China.
The five Czechs who returned from Wuhan city, which is at the centre of the
coronavirus epidemic in China, a fortnight ago and were held in quarantine
at Prague’s Bulovka hospital, were released on Monday.
All their tests have come out negative and none are showing any signs of illness, according to the head of the department for infectious illnesses Hana Roháčová.
Seventy-seven people have been tested for coronavirus in the Czech Republic to date and all the tests have been negative.
The Czech Republic is to send 4.5 tonnes of medical equipment worth over
three million crowns to China to help tackle the coronavirus epidemic
currently afflicting the country, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček
announced at a press conference on Thursday.
The humanitarian aid, including facemasks, respirators, latex gloves, disinfectants and protective medical uniforms, will be sent to China on Monday on a plane from Vienna, paid for by the European Union.
The Czech Republic will also provide financial aid amounting to six million crowns, which will be distributed through the World Health Organisation.
The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus a global emergency and cases of the infection, which originated in China, have been discovered in a number of European states. What are the chances of the coronavirus appearing in the Czech Republic? And what should other countries be doing to help the Chinese? I discussed those questions and more with Dr. Srdan Matic, head of the WHO’s office in the Czech Republic.
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