New restrictions were announced on Thursday, October 8th, by Minister of Health and the Minister of Education. Some of the restrictions are valid for two weeks starting from Friday, October 9th. Some of them are valid for two weeks starting from Monday, October 12th. The restrictions affect restaurants, culture, schools, sport and leisure activities. Detailed list of restrictions is HERE.
Almost 5,400 people were tested positive on Thursday, October 8th. This number was few tens higher than the number of people infected the previous day. Almost one hundred people died during this week. The number of people, who died of COVID-19 in total, is getting close to nine hundred.
According to Roman Prymula (for ANO), the Minister of Health, the sign showing that the situation starts getting better would be the reproduction number being close to 0.8. This would mean that each infected person spreads the virus to less than one other person in average. The reproduction number is currently around 1.2.
The infected people who do not need to stay in hospital, but they have no option to stay in isolation, can stay in a hotel room for ten days. The purpose of this option is to avoid spreading the virus. The hotel rooms should be for free and the hotels will get financial support from the state.
Second round of the Senate Elections
Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th, the second round of the Senate Elections will be held in Czech Republic. On Friday, people can vote from 2 PM to 10 PM, and from 8 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. In each of 26 constituencies, people will only vote for one of the two candidates that were the most successful in the first round of the elections. In the 27th constituency, one candidate received more then 50% of the votes already in the first round, so he won the elections, and no second round needs to be held there.
Tens of Czech scientists including the heads of all the Departments of Nature Sciences at universities are criticizing the first part of project of the channel between Danube-Oder-Elbe, which was approved on Monday, October 5th. This first part of the chanel would be build between Ostrava and the Polish border. The scientists said it is unacceptable to approve this kind of project without any discussions among the Czech society. The Government said that the effect of the project on the environment will be evaluated.
D1 Highway reconstruction
The newly fixed part of the D1 highway will not be fully opened yet. The plan was to open the part of the road close to Zruč nad Sázavou this weekend, October 10th and 11th. The reason why the opening was postponed is, that the concrete on the road is too thick. Due to the reparations, the traffic will be organised in the 2+1 traffic lanes during some days.
Solidarity with Poland and Latvia
The Czech ambassador in Belarus, Tomáš Pernický, will be called back to Czechia from Minsk for one week. This should be an act of solidarity with Poland and Latvia, which were asked by Belarus to temporarily call their diplomats back from Minsk.
China has been asked to respect human rights, especially the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities, like the persecuted minority of Uighurs. 39 countries have signed a document regarding this, but the Czech Republic was not one of them. The President office and the Prime Minister opposed signing the document. The investigative journalists are searching for more information.