Milan Kubek, president of the Czech Medical Chamber, penned a letter to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Minister of Health Jan Blatný urging them to tighten COVID-19 restrictions before it’s too late.
Kubek argues that another wave of COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic, which has potentially already started, could overwhelm hospitals and result in thousands of unnecessary deaths.
He says that the only reason the country survived the summer was because of the quick strict action of the government, something was absent during the autumn onslaught of cases.
“Thanks to the quick and decisive reaction of the government (in the summer), who, at the time showed great courage in taking tough and effective anti-epidemic measures, we managed to get through the situation with a minimal loss of life.”
“But in this autumn debacle, the number of infected people per capita during the year went up, making the Czech Republic go from number one to the fourth-worst country in Europe.”
Kubek voiced his explicit disagreement of loosening the restrictions on December third, blaming it for the recent rise in cases.
“The government started easing prematurely without having the epidemic under control… Nonetheless, we can already see that the virus is still among us and is ready to kill. The situation is worsening yet again and the government must react before it’s too late!”
As it stands, every territory of the Czech Republic is either in stage number 3, 4, or 5 in the government’s “PES” system which measures the severity of the virus.