Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babisz announced on Monday that the government had not decided to introduce a state of emergency, which was requested by the Ministry of Health. The main purpose of the emergency regulation was to help hospitals with a shortage of qualified personnel.
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, that there are 4,885 Covid-19 patients in hospitals. 715 of them are in intensive care units. According to experts, most seriously ill patients were not vaccinated. In health care facilities, including nursing homes, the missing personnel is replaced by soldiers. They already work in 40 hospital facilities. The help of volunteers is also organized by the Czech Red Cross.
After the cabinet meeting, the prime minister said that the application for a state of emergency had not been formally submitted and ministers only exchanged views on the subject. He added that heads of local governments should apply for the possible introduction of extraordinary regulations.
Government officials are due to discuss the situation in hospitals on Tuesday. Separate deliberations with local government officials have also been planned by representatives of the emerging government of Petr Fiali, which is to be sworn in as prime minister on Friday.
The Cabinet decided to finance PCR tests in schools and to purchase so-called home tests for employees of state offices. The ministers decided on support programs for entrepreneurs, whose income decreased due to the restrictions in force. The data from 2019 will be compared. It is also possible to obtain direct, but limited financial assistance.
Currently, the power in the country is exercised by the government of Andrej Babisz, which after the elections on 8 and 9 October this year. he has already resigned. The new prime minister, Petr Fiala, is due to be nominated on Friday, November 26.
The government in office last week introduced restrictions applicable from Monday, which only allow documenting epidemic safety for people who have been vaccinated or who have contracted Covid-19 in the last six months. Thus, showing negative SARS-CoV-2 tests when visiting restaurants, hotels, service establishments or mass events is no longer sufficient.
According to the chairman of the Medical Chamber, Milan Kubek, these decisions of the authorities are insufficient and were taken too late. The House called for a lockdown. Kubek also called on the government to make a swift decision to introduce compulsory vaccinations for health workers, social workers and education.