UPDATE: Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced that the government will approve the declaration of a state of emergency on Wednesday, September 30.
The Minister of Health Roman Prymula (ANO) will suggest introducing a new state of emergency at the next government meeting, according to news server Respekt.cz.
The next meeting will take place on Monday, October 5th. emergency. The state of emergency is declared by the government and requires the approval of the Chamber of Deputies.
The Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček (CSSD) said on Sunday that the declaration of a state of emergency would need to be considered only in the event of a medical outage.
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Elections to regional councils in the Czech Republic in 13 regions (except Prague) will be held on 2-3 October. New restrictions will not be popular, and Prymula, as a newcomer, does not want to run into other ministers.
That is why he has previously stated that further measures will be probably announced only on Wednesday or Friday.
The lower house of the Czech parliament voted on Tuesday to extend a state of emergency until May 17, a week less than the government had sought, as the country charts a course to emerge from a coronavirus lockdown earlier than forecast.
The extension is a week shorter than the government sought. The prime minister, Andrej Babiš, had asked for an extension until 25 May to be able to keep restrictions on business in place.
The state of emergency was due to expire on 30 April.
The government of Andrej Babiš and the Social Democrats have been trying to secure sufficient support for the extension, but the opposition parties remained firmly against it.
It has announced that it now expects to reopen the economy faster than previously forecast, although not in time for the deadline now set by parliament.
Babis said after the vote that the government would seek legal amendments to keep some restrictions in place after the state of emergency ends, news agency CTK reported.
The state of emergency allows the government to adopt measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, such as limitations on free movement inside the country and across borders, shop and restaurant closures, and streamlined procurement of medical supplies.
Prague was one of the few governments to declare a state of emergency before the country had recorded its first coronavirus death.
By 11 March it had closed all schools, limited public gatherings, banned all public events, sealed its borders, and shuttered all non-essential stores. It also made face masks obligatory in public.
PM Babis’ cabinet declared a state of emergency — the median of three possible states of crisis — on 12 March.
Almost 7,500 people have been tested positive for the coronavirus in the Czech Republic, according to government figures released on Tuesday, 225 have died.
“As a government, we are thinking about how the country will return to normal life. But we will get there when we are 100% sure that we have measures against the virus,” said Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
At the same time, he appealed to Czech citizens to observe emergency measures and hygiene.
According to him, the State of Emergency in the Czech Republic will be extended by 30 days. “I don’t think we can avoid it,” added Babis. The news is reported by CT24.
As of Friday morning, there are 2,062 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection in the Czech Republic. Ten patients have fully recovered, nine died. A total of 31,127 tests have been carried out.
The Department of Health has also changed the testing conditions to Covid-19. Either fever above 37.5 degrees, dry cough, or shortness of breath are sufficient.
The Czech Republic declared the State of Emergency on Thursday 12 March 2020, due to health threats related to the occurrence of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus, for 30 days.