COVID-19. Lockdown like in Austria? The prime minister of the Czech Republic responds

Prime Minister Andrej Babisz, when asked on Friday after the government meeting about the possibility of solutions analogous to those in Austria, replied “no way”. However, the office decided to oblige tests in workplaces.

Tests, but only for the unvaccinated

Health Minister Adam Vojtiech said that there is no need to declare a state of emergency in the country, and the restrictions introduced so far result from the provisions of the pandemic law, which is in force until the end of February 2022. The introduction of a state of emergency would be necessary if the government wanted to limit, for example, the freedom of movement – he said.

The outgoing Cabinet decided on Friday on screening tests in schools and workplaces. They concern unvaccinated people. The tests will be performed weekly on Mondays, and the campaign will last until the end of February. Student screening is recommended by experts advising the government.

Discrimination will also affect athletes

Tests of unvaccinated people are obligatory in workplaces and also apply to craftsmen running service establishments. Professional athletes will also be tested. The refusal to undergo the tests results in the employee’s data being sent to sanitary and epidemic stations. At work, he must wear an FFP2 protective mask at all times, use separate canteens and limit contact with other workers.

Testing will start on November 22 this year. and, like in schools, it will be repeated every week. Employees who test positive must initiate quarantine. Each day of the retreat is paid as for a sick leave. At their meeting Friday, ministers adopted a bill that introduces an additional 370 kronor (around 15 euros) for each day of quarantine. The draft is to be decided by the parliament in an accelerated procedure.

The Cabinet also adopted a recommendation for employees of state offices to use the online formula as much as possible. The use of electronic forms or telephone contact is to be preferred. Some offices, just like in winter and spring, plan to introduce an electronic or telephone system for arranging clients.

Segregation of people

In Austria, new restrictions stipulate that people who have not been vaccinated with COVID-19 can only leave their home or apartment for important reasons, such as shopping for everyday items, going to work or visiting a doctor. So it concerns about two million people, i.e. almost 1/4 of the country’s population.

Vaccinated persons, children under the age of 12 and those who have recovered from infection within the last 180 days are exempt from sanitary restrictions. “The goal is to increase vaccination readiness and reduce social contacts by around 30 percent,” said Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein. Compliance with the regulation is to be checked by special random checks throughout the country.

The seven-day incidence of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants has risen in Austria to around 815. The provinces of Salzburg and Upper Austria are expected to be particularly affected. The current state of vaccinations has been deemed insufficient by the authorities.

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