Ukraine put the Czech Republic on the list of countries with a high risk of COVID-19 infection, as people returning from the Czech Republic must undergo a 14-day-long quarantine.
Apart from the Czech Republic, the so-called “red list” includes Albania, Bulgaria, China, Poland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Montenegro, and Russia.
The quarantine obligation applies to anyone who stayed in the Czech Republic during the 14 days prior to them crossing the Ukrainian border.
There are exceptions to the quarantine obligation for those entering from the Czech Republic. Quarantine will not apply to, among others, children under 12 years of age, people who transit Ukraine for no more than 48 hours, drivers and crew members of lorries, air and sea crews, river ships, train and locomotive crews and drivers of regular scheduled buses.
Cultural activists invited by cultural institutions with one accompanying person, NATO instructors and employees of diplomatic missions and consulates are also not covered by the quarantine.
According to the new regulations, the condition for permission to end the quarantine is the receipt of a negative coronavirus test, carried out no later than 48 hours after entering Ukraine.
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The daily number of new cases in the Czech Republic jumped to 260, the highest since April 8, Ministry Adam Vojtěch confirmed on Sunday morning.
As CT reports, that is nearly triple that of the 93 recorded on Thursday.
Chief public health officer, Jarmila Rážová, said the rise was due to massive screenings in areas where the virus is spreading quickly, including a mine in Silesia Region and a company in the north.
She also said that Czechs “did not behave in a responsible manner” when restrictions were relaxed after the health situation in the country improved. “However, the outbreak is under control and confined to local clusters,” she added.
On the contrary, according to Vojtěch, the situation in Prague is calming down. “The number of cases in Prague is declining over time,” he added.
The number of tests performed on Saturday (1,862) is lower by about half compared to Friday’s (4,300 tests).
The Czech Republic has had 11,306 confirmed cases while 347 people have died, according to Health Ministry figures released on Sunday morning.
There are currently 3270 patients. Most of them have a mild course of the infection, 122 are hospitalized.
The government has gradually removed most restrictions, apart from wearing masks indoors and limits on pub opening hours and large cultural events.
Last Monday, public gatherings of up to 1,000 people are allowed.