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From Wednesday onward, anyone traveling outside their province of residence needs a paper document justifying the trip for police.  Since the beginning of the new lockdown’s restrictions on movement, people have been showing police documents on their mobile phones. According to Eva Kropáčová, spokeswoman for the Prague police, this is changing today. “We’ll accept electronic documents until Wednesday. From then on, people should have everything on paper. The only exception is confirmation from an employer, that can be done electronically.”  South Bohemian police spokesman Jiří Matzner echoed what Kropáčová said.  “Today and Tuesday we’ll be more lenient and allow people through if they have the necessary documents in an email on their phone. But from Wednesday onward, we’ll require peopleContinue Reading

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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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Police in Prague are working with the Ministry of Health on a system to identify the correct masks and protective equipment on citizens.  As it stands, everyone either has to wear an FFP2 respirator or two surgical masks on all public transport areas, shops, and health care facilities. However, identifying which masks are up to code, which means the police are mostly just focusing on whether someone has a mask at all, and it’s not just a scarf or piece of fabric. The new measures require respirators that have a filtration efficiency of at least 95%. Currently though, there’s no method to confirm this.  Irena Seifertová, a spokeswoman for the police, says the policemen will generally just be making sureContinue Reading

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The government decided to move the tightening of the mask regime to Wednesday, midnight from the original date set on Monday midnight. Under the new rules, all residents older than 15 years old will be required to wear an FFP2 respirator, a nano-mask, or two medical face masks in the following facilities: Shops Pharmacies Places of provision of services Public transport and public transport stops Airports Train stations Hospitals, medical and social institutions Personal cars in case at least one person of a different household is present On the street when it isn’t possible to maintain a two-meter social distance. In other places, a surgical mask or a different type of face coverings (such as a home-made face mask) willContinue Reading

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Roman Prymula, advisor to the prime minister and former health minister, told the media on Thursday that he favours harsher restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus, including limiting movement and human contact. About 3 hours later, Prymula attended the football match between Slavia and Leicester City. Last week, health minister Jan Blatný proposed the idea of relaxing the measures and leaving it up to the people to make their own health decisions. Prymula disagreed with this.  “We’ve arrived at a crossroads where we have to decide—and there doesn’t seem to be many solutions—if there’s going to be short-term hard restrictions and then a relaxing of those measures, or if we’re going to continue with the current system,” he said. Continue Reading

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Almost a half of the Czech population doesn’t self-isolate with the COVID-19 symptoms based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) research. 1000 respondents participated in the research, which showed growing concerns about the vaccination and gave several insights into the way Czechs perceive the process of isolation. Helena Hnilicová from the Institute of Public Health and Medical Law claims that 40 percent of Czechs perceive restrictions as the invasion of their personal life, which can be problematic during the pandemic situations. Hnilicová adds that Czechs show disappointing results in the usual measures, such as washing hands, wearing masks, and keeping the distance in public spaces. According to the results, Czechs don’t consider the infection to be as dangerous as itContinue Reading

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A group of scientists was asked by iRozhlas for their take on when COVID-19 will end. Here’s what they say.  Epidemiologist Rastislav Maďar says that he can’t predict when COVID-19 will end because it depends on the number of “mutations” that appear.  “What’s for certain is that the coronavirus will not stop spreading this year or the following years, but it’s not possible to say for sure whether it will be five, seven, or ten years. If new mutations occur more frequently, making vaccinations or immunity after getting the virus ineffective, the coronavirus may be with us to some extent forever.” Maďar also adds that wearing masks will probably be necessary “for a long time.”  Epidemiologist Petr Smejkal, slightly lessContinue Reading

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Parents in Český Těšín, a town in the Karviná region, have sued their daughter’s school for forcing children to wear masks, citing that long-term mask-wearing endangers their health. Michal Nešporek, school principal of Masarykova základní (Masaryk elementary and kindergarten), says he can’t do anything about the mask rule because it’s mandated by the Ministry of Education who has authority over his decisions. According to him, the Ministry hasn’t made a decision yet on what they’re going to do. “I am not the relevant person to be dealing with this situation. We are obliged to comply with these regulations… So far, I haven’t received a response from the Ministry on whether or not they’re going to support me.”  Since the startContinue Reading

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Coronavirus restrictions continue to take their toll in new ways, as Czech doctors are now reporting a surge in heart disease as a result of things like sedentary at-home lifestyles, being banned from sports and recreation, and getting lazy with their diets.  Aleš Linhart, head of cardiology and angiology of the Prague General University Hospital, says there’s always a close relationship between the economic performance of a country and cardiovascular disease. “There is a close link between economic performance and cardiovascular disease. If the country becomes poor, then we will certainly face an epidemic of heart disease. This may be exacerbated by the loss of sport, culture, and a sedentary lifestyle during the pandemic… The incidence of heart attacks isContinue Reading