Tuesday Recap: Coronavirus Updates in the Czech Republic

People wearing face masks walk across the Charles Bridge on March 31, 2020, in Prague, where most activities slowed down or came to a halt due to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by Michal Cizek / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)
  • On Tuesday, the health ministry reported 237 new cases of coronavirus. Health workers carried out 6,233 tests in total on Monday, meaning the official infection rate for that day stood at 3.8 percent. This is well below the epidemic’s daily average of 5.3 percent in the Czech Republic, based on a total of 4,828 confirmed infections from 91,247 tests

 

  • Eight people died from COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the death toll in the country to 80.

 

  • On Tuesday, the Chamber of Deputies voted to extend the state of emergency until April 30. It had been scheduled to expire on April 12. Babiš and Hamáček had been pushing for a 30-day extension. Before said that the conditions under which the government imposed tough measures in March still exist, cautioning that there’s still a high risk of “losing control of the epidemic.”

 

  • Self-employed people will be able to receive up to CZK 25,000 from the state.

 

  • Entrepreneurs will be able to apply from 15 April and will do so at their tax office and ideally electronically via the tax portal. Overall, they will only be able to apply until the end of June.
    However, the condition is that applicants must not be registered with the Labor Office and receive unemployment benefits, be in material need or receive a housing allowance.

 

  • The Ministry of Finance expects that up to 700,000 self-employed persons could assert their claims, which implies a budgetary impact of up to CZK 17.5 billion.

 

  • Citizens and businesses will be able to request a postponement of loan and mortgage repayments for either three or six months.

 

  • People are now allowed to play individual sports outdoors while runners and cyclists no longer need to cover their mouths and noses unless they are in crowded areas.

 

  • The Czech Football Association decided that amateur leagues have been suspended for this season and will not continue at a later stage. The semi-final and final matches of the Czech Cup will be moved to a later date.

 

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1 comment
  1. People is taking cronavirus too light…
    people is going outside freeely…
    Government ban and lockdown from now because cases are incresing day by day…

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