Starting from Friday, May 1, the smart quarantine system will be fully in place across the Czech Republic.
The project involves tracing past contacts of people who test positive for the virus five days back by creating “maps of their movements” with the help of banks and mobile phone operators.
Czech banks will provide data for the creation of memory maps. The data will be handed over to the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, which will require it based on the consent of infected people.
The information was provided by the Czech Banking Association (ČBA).
“We are relaxing several strict measures, people are starting to go to work and doing more activities outdoor, shops are opening and we need a system for finding positive cases. The virus has not disappeared, so in order to avoid a higher number of new patients, we have to be able to detect them effectively,” said Prymula.
Smart Quarantine should significantly ease the workload on regional hygiene stations and improve the efficiency of the current sample collection system. “It is a meaningful and important project that is crucial for all of us. Smart Quarantine will replace the universal restrictive measures and speed up our return to normal life,” Minister Vojtěch added.
Smart Quarantine is complemented by the eRouška application, which people can download to their smartphones for free. This is a voluntary tool but can help hygienists more easily and quickly find the people who have recently come into contact with infected people and who are at a high risk of infection. “They just have to download the app and let it run in the background,” said the minister about the app.
“This is a unique project, created through prompt cooperation among the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defence, the Czech Army, the Integrated Rescue Services of the Czech Republic, and the private sector. We have managed to prepare a project of a scope that would take months, maybe even years, to prepare under normal circumstances, within mere weeks,” Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch said when presenting the project.
Václav Havel Prague Airport remains open for all arrivals and departures. Thanks to this fact, a total of 44 special cargo flights with medical supplies were able to land there since 20 March 2020 when the first aircraft with medical supplies on board landed in Prague.
More than 1,200 tons of medical aid in total has already reached the Czech Republic. The total volume of cargo handled at Prague Airport, including regular cargo routes, has increased by 26.5% year-on-year during this period.
Since 18 March 2020, Prague Airport has also handled a total of 33 arrivals and departures of repatriation flights with passengers on board. More than 3,600 passengers, mostly Czech citizens returning home to their families and loved ones from abroad, have arrived in the Czech Republic aboard those flights.
Moreover, approximately 900 foreign nationals have been able to travel back home from the Czech Republic this way.
“Since the second half of March, important medical supplies have been brought to the Czech Republic via Václav Havel Airport Prague almost daily, confirming the strategic importance of our airport within the transport infrastructure of the country. The flights with medical supplies on board are primarily handled by employees of Prague Airport and its subsidiaries, alongside other handling companies and additional partner organizations, such as the Czech Fire Rescue Service, the Czech Police, the Army of the Czech Republic and the Administration of the State Material Reserves,” Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said.
For several months, due to the spread of COVID-19, stringent sanitary measures have been applied to both passengers and airport staff who continue to perform their irreplaceable roles in the airport with limited traffic.
The measures have gradually been introduced since the end of January. For example, in places where queues usually form, stickers are placed advising people to keep a safe distance. Check-in counters and information desks continue to use protective screens, which form an effective barrier between the passenger and the employee.
Every passenger on arrival receives a face mask if they are lacking one, together with an information leaflet on mandatory procedures upon arrival from abroad to the Czech Republic. The arrival gates and other passenger check-in areas are regularly disinfected thoroughly.
“Prague Airport has managed to secure a sufficient amount of protective gear and disinfectant on time. Thus, every employee has access to respirators, face masks, gloves and other protective equipment. There are also more than 250 hand sanitizers located throughout the airport. Employees are consistently and regularly trained in the prevention, as well as their family members, for whom we have created and distributed family-friendly leaflets on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19,” Vaclav Rehor stated.
However, regular traffic at Václav Havel Airport Prague continues to decline. Last March, the airport handled approximately 6,015 arrivals and departures, which is a year-on-year decrease of 47.3%.
As all schools, kindergartens and other school facilities (such as forest kindergartens, children’s groups, etc.) have been closed in the Czech Republic, government measures have been extended to self-employed persons who are forced to stay with their children at home. Šárka Pelikánová, owner of the accountancy and tax office of Connect Economic Group s.r.o.
Who is eligible for the nursing allowance?
Self-employed persons have never been entitled to a nursing allowance. Now all entrepreneurs who undertake self-employment as their main activity and who are not employed anywhere have the possibility to apply for a nursing allowance. However, self-employed persons who undertake self-employment as their secondary activity due to disability pension, maternity leave, etc., and the reason for their secondary activity is not related to employment, are also entitled to apply. If at the same time, the entrepreneur, whether for the main or secondary activity, has a signed contract on the performance of the office of the company executive, this person is not entitled to receive the nursing care allowance.
Other conditions for receiving the nursing allowance
It should be taken into account that self-employed persons must be registered for income tax at the tax office. At the same time, it must not have any debts and arrears to state institutions and providers of support from projects co-financed from the EU budget. The last condition is that the applicant for the nursing allowance must meet the definition of an SME
How old must my child be in order to receive the nursing allowance?
Normally, the nursing allowance is paid only to parents whose children are under 10 years of age. Now, given the current situation, you can also receive a nursing allowance for children under 13 years of age.
How many people can receive nursing allowance per child?
Only one parent or a person who lives in the same household with the child can receive the nursing allowance. It can also be a grandmother or grandfather of a child. The condition is that no one else is receiving any other child care benefits.
What do I need to get a nursing allowance?
The applicant will need to complete a simple form in the Czech language for the application for a subsidy. Use this link
In addition, the self-employed person has to submit another application and affidavit Confirmation of the closure of school or children’s facility (school) or facility providing social services – original or simple copy (scan, photo)
Where to apply for a nursing allowance for a self-employed person?
Therefore, if you meet all the conditions and want to apply for a nursing allowance, go to your trade licensing office and file an application together with the affidavit that is part of the application. You can also do so via e-mail with your electronic signature or your data box. The Trade Licensing Office will forward your application to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and will reimburse you after the nursing allowance has been approved.
How much is the amount of the nursing allowance?
For each day you are entitled to the nursing allowance, you will receive 424Kč. This amount is tax-exempt and you do not have to pay social and health insurance from it.
When will I receive my nursing allowance?
The nursing allowance is always paid retroactively. You now have the option of applying for nursing allowance for the days when you had to be at home with your children during the month of March. However, if you are at home with your child only since April, you will not be able to apply for this allowance until May. At this moment, you have the option to claim a post only for the month of March.
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If you want to experience an oasis of calm just a bus ride away from the bustling city center, Prague Botanical garden is a great choice. Located in the vicinity of the Prague Zoo, in the Troja basin, Botanical Garden has been growing significantly since its opening.
Prague city, in agreement with the Ministry of Health, reopened the outdoor exhibitions in the Botanical Garden in Troja on Monday. However, people must respect strict sanitary measures. However, all indoor expositions, including the tropical greenhouse Fata Morgana, remain closed.
Open-air expositions cover an area of nearly 25 hectares. Stretching over a large chunk of land, the Botanic Garden includes a Japanese Garden with a gorgeous grove of Japanese Cherry trees, an exhibition of irises, several small ponds, and lakes, and the vineyard of St. Claire.
The central bed of a perennial and annual plant collection is among the most attractive parts of the garden – it blossoms in a variety of colors and shades during the summer months. A valuable collection of bulbous and tuberous plants is also worth seeing. Blooms of crowtoes, crocuses, hyacinths, bluebells and grape hyacinths adorn the garden from early March.
The garden will be open every day from 9:00 to 18:00.
The Prague Botanical Garden warns that all three entrance gates will be opened (from K Pazderkám, Nádvorní and Kovárna public transport stops). According to the municipality, protective disinfection should also be available at the entrance.
The official Facebook profile reminds that people must keep the social distance, and groups of more than two people are banned from entering the space.
The public transport to reach the Botanical Garden is pretty convenient: from Nádraží Holešovice (metro red C line, or tram station) take the Bus No 112 to the last stop and then simply follow the signs (about 5 min on foot).
The Czech Republic has reported no deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the Czech Ministry of Health informed on Sunday.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country is now up to 6,657, with 105 new cases on Saturday.
The number of fatalities has not changed since Saturday, namely 181. 1,235 people recovered, eight more than on Saturday. 84 patients are in critical condition.
The number of new daily COVID-19 cases has slowed down for the third time in a row, but fewer tests are conducted during the weekends.
The majority of people with COVID-19 are in Prague: 1,574 are registered in the capital, roughly a quarter of all cases in the country. Prague also has the highest proportion of people with COVID-19 per capita.
On the contrary, the best situation is registered in South Bohemia with 25 cases every 100 thousand inhabitants.
Almost 19 percent of all infected people in the Czech Republic are in the age group between 45 and 54 years. People aged 65-74 years account for 10 percent. People aged 75-84 years account for more than 6 percent, seniors over 85 are less than 4 percent.
The Health Ministry predicts that by the end of this month, there may be up to 11,000 people infected with the coronavirus.