Monday news summary

New emergency state

From today, a newly declared state of emergency has been in force in the Czech Republic for another two weeks. The government has followed most of the two dozen measures in force so far, including a curfew between 21:00 and 5:00 or restrictions on the operation of shops and services. The most affected districts - Cheb, Sokolov and Trutnov - are also still closed. According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), the epidemic situation does not allow disintegration of the measures.

The government declared a new state of emergency in agreement with regional governors after the Chamber of Deputies refused the government request. According to some lawers, this is a step in violation of the Constitution.

The state of emergency is to apply until the 28th of February, by which time the government promises to negotiate with the opposition. The prime minister has promised that the talks would begin on Tuesday.

Long-kilometres queues on German borders

On the D5 and D8 motorways on the border with Germany, queues have been forming for many kilometers since early morning. Today is the first working day when strict German controls apply due to the epidemic situation in the Czech Republic.

Only German citizens and foreigners residing in Germany can cross the borders to Germany with a negative test. Upon arrival they must quarantine. Exceptions to quarantine are truck drivers, who must also have a test. People who want to travel through Germany also need a test, but in this case they must document the transit on humanitarian grounds.

The PES index in the 5th level again

In the Czech Republic, there were 5,118 new Covid-19 cases, which is about 300 more than on the previous Saturday. The PES risk index returned to its highest level after a month. It rose to 77 points out of a hundred due to an increase in the average number of new infections in 14 days.

Frosty morning

Tonight was cold again in the Czech Republic. The average temperature in the Czech Republic dropped to minus 16.4 degrees Celsius, but in Šumava it was sometimes below minus 30 degrees. It was coldest at the Kvilda-Perla station, minus 31.4 degrees. However, Prague also woke up to a frosty morning today, measuring minus 18.3 degrees in the early morning in Kbely. In some places, temperature records for today were measured.