The country’s National Security Council is due to meet on Monday to
address the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
told the Czech News Agency on Sunday.
The deadly virus has killed at least 56 people in China and infected at least 2,000 globally since its discovery in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
Mr Babiš said random checks are already being carried out at Prague airport, focusing on people who are showing symptoms of the disease. According to Health Minister Adam Vojtěch, there are no immediate plans to introduce blanket screenings of patients arriving from the affected areas.
Twelve people, including a Czech citizen, have been put in isolation in the
Vietnamese city of Da Nang and are under observation for the new
coronavirus, the Vietnamese news site Tuoi tre news wrote on Sunday.
According to the website, the people are being monitored in the city’s hospital as they all have fevers and have been recently in contact with high-risk subjects.
A spokeswoman for the Czech Foreign Ministry said the man was hospitalised for preventive reasons, adding that he is in contact with the Czech Embassy in Hanoi.
A pneumonia outbreak, caused by a new strain of the coronavirus family was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan City in December 2019. The virus has spread to other countries, infecting more than 2,000 people globally.
Three Czechs are trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan which is on lockdown
due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Two are students and one is a
permanent resident in the city of 11 million inhabitants. All are reported
to be safe.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has said it is in contact with all three of them and has entered into negotiations with the local authorities to try and get them moved to another location.
Meanwhile, the Czech Foreign Ministry has warned Czechs travelling to China to exercise increased caution; avoid crowded places, food markets and take the recommended health precautions seriously.
The Czech authorities have said they are ready to effect screening measures at Prague’s international airport should the need arise.
The Prague Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine IKEM last year
conducted a record number of 540 organ transplants on 486 patients, the
head of the institute Ondřej Viklický told journalists at a press
briefing in Prague on Monday.
He said this made IKEM the biggest transplant centre in Europe, with more transplants performed than the biggest transplant centres in Great Britain or the Scandinavian countries.
IKEM performs 70 percent of all the transplants performed in the Czech Republic. Other transplant clinics are in university hospitals in Prague’s Motol Hospital, in Brno, Hradec Králové, Plzen, Ostrava and Olomouc.
The Ministry of Health is set to implement new measures to benefit
patients, Czech Television reported on Monday. Officials plan to introduce
electronic application forms for medical appointments and to release
regular data on waiting times for examinations, the station said. The
ministry is currently consulting the changes with doctors and insurance
companies, who are charged with monitoring waiting times.
A special commission is due to discuss electronic application forms at the end of this month. Out-patient specialists are demanding assurances that moving the system online will not end patients’ freedom to choose a doctor.
The Czech Republic ranks seventh in the world in terms of cigarette
consumption according to the online data project Česko v datech. The
ranking was created by dividing the number of cigarettes purchased in each
country by the number of its population over the age of 15. The ratio in
the Czech Republic amounts to 2,428 cigarettes per person annually.
According to a press release by the website, most Czech smokers are
pensioners and up to a fifth of deaths in the country can be attributed to
Andorra topped the list with 6,398 cigarettes per person. However, the authors point out that in the case of the small principality, the data is likely skewed by French and Spanish citizens purchasing cheaper cigarettes there.
The country with the smallest ratio is Brunei with just 10 cigarettes per person annually.
The Czech Republic’s second public bird census got underway on Friday.
Over the course of the next three days, people can observe birds flocking
on feeders in their gardens or parks, identify the species and send the
findings to the Czech Ornithological Society’s Website.
The purpose of the citizen science project is to discover more about the development of the country’s common birds.
Some 14,000 people took part in the census last year. The results showed that the most common birds in Czech gardens include blue tits and house sparrows.
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