Sick leave will be extended for the entire epidemic. Koronavirus will cost tens of billions, Babis said


Since midnight on 17 March 2020 it is necessary to have covered mouth and nose in public transport in Prague.

Since midnight on 17 March 2020 it is necessary to have covered mouth and nose in public transport in Prague.
author: ČTK – Michal Krumphanzl

The Czech Republic has the first three patients cured of the disease COVID-19 caused by a new coronavirus. There are 396 confirmed cases.

Due to the higher number of infected hygienists, they closed 21 municipalities in the Olomouc region and Kynice in the Havlíčkův Brod region for at least 14 days.

As of Monday, the government has banned the free movement of people throughout the country, except for travel to work, for basic necessities, or to a doctor. The borders are closed.

Politicians urged citizens to cover their mouths and noses on the streets, but there is still a lack of drapes.

On Monday, the government recommended that seniors over 70 years old should not leave their homes during an emergency.

It has forbidden residents of retirement homes to leave these facilities.

Representatives of the government also said that the Prague-based Homolce Hospital and the St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno will be prepared for patients with coronavirus within one to two weeks.

The Czech crown and the Prague Stock Exchange are responding to a slump, according to the Governor of the Czech National Bank, it is clear that a sharp economic downturn will occur.

The exact wording of the Government Resolution on Restrictions on the Movement of Persons, including all exceptions, can be found HERE. All crisis measures issued by the government so far can be read HERE.

Economic topics related to the coronavirus pandemic are monitored in a special online report here.

17.3.2020 16:07
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17.3.2020 16:05
| There was only a fraction of the usual number of viewers at Czech cinemas this weekend

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17.3.2020 16:03
| Malaysia reported the first two victims of coronavirus

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17.3.2020 15:59
| Northern Macedonia postpones early elections due to coronavirus

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17.3.2020 15:53
| Prague 9 is setting up an information service and assistance for seniors

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17.3.2020 15:47
| People should play sports even during a pandemic, says the doctor

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17.3.2020 15:44
| In Italy, it will strengthen the care of infected 10,000 medics, postpone their tests

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17.3.2020 15:42
| The manufacturer of hats Karpet put on sewing masks

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17.3.2020 15:40
| On the web you can browse collections and see artists’ studios

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| Skilled employees receive 70 percent of salary, then 75 percent

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