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Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček says the current COVID-19 restrictions likely won’t be enough, and the Czech Republic may very well be in the exact same situation after the three weeks are up.  The current measures have closed all schools, bars, restaurants, most shops and services, and don’t allow for people to go outside of their province of residence. Masks are required everywhere outside of your home, and non-essential visits to friends and relatives are banned. “It turns out though that even these drastic measures may not lead to the desired goal. A decrease in the reproduction rate and the number of people infected can be expected, but it’s not necessarily going to be significant,” Hamáček said.  “Our estimates showContinue Reading

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According to the Czech branch of the WHO, the reason that the COVID-19 restrictions are lasting so long is that Czech’s don’t trust their government enough, Novinky.cz reports. The WHO’s survey, which was publicized on Wednesday, indicates that 76% of Czechs don’t trust the government, and 66% don’t believe the Ministry of Health. 45% of Czechs think the pandemic is coordinated media hype, which is actually down from 57% in August. Only 18% of Czechs think the disease is high risk. 40% of Czechs think the restrictions are unnecessary and needlessly infringe on their personal freedoms.  The research also indicates that the general feeling of COVID-19 not actually being a big deal remains fairly steady over time, even as theContinue Reading

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Since the number of COVID-19 cases is declining, the government will meet to discuss the shift to the fourth stage of the anti-epidemic PES system this Wednesday, hence reducing certain restrictions. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš also announced the opening of stationery, footwear, underwear, and children’s clothing stores this Tuesday. The government will formally approve it on Monday. Babiš already stated that the stationery, footwear, underwear, and children’s clothing are moved to the “basic needs stores” category. According to the Minister of Industry and Transport, Karel Havlíček, the government should be careful with opening restaurants and stores because the December situation might be repeated. The development at hospitals should be monitored closely. “We have to be careful. We don’t want anContinue Reading