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The strict measures proposed by the Czech government to tackle COVID-19 might have started to work – the reproduction number has dropped to 1.1. for the first time since the beginning of October. According to Novinky.cz, over the past two weeks, the number has been declining very slowly, remaining between 1.3-1.4, yet on Wednesday, October 28th, the decline became more apparent when the number dropped to 1.1. The reproduction number indicates how fast the virus can spread by showing the average number of the people one ill person can infect when the population is not immune. For example, the highest R-number is seen in measles where one infected person can infect 15 others, meaning the R-number is 15. If theRead more.

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On Friday, the Ministry of Health will present the updated measures based on the development of the epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic. While there is no reason to believe that they will be tightened just yet, Prymula warned that the government will be forced to make the measures stricter in case the public does not follow the current rules. These include, among others, the basic rules of maintaining a social distance, wearing a mask in all public places and practicing good hygiene. “On Friday, no significant new quarantine measures should be expected. However, they can be introduced in a week, if the daily number of new infections does not decrease, ”Prymula said, Vinegret.cz reports. The current quarantine measures, whichRead more.

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During Thursday’s meeting, Roman Prymula, the Minister of Health, announced that citizens might be required to register when visiting restaurants, cafes, and pubs. A similar measure was adopted in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Austria to help track those potentially infected with COVID-19. “We plan that people who go to restaurants will have to register there, as is necessary in Germany,” said Prymula. The date of this new rule was not finalized and Prymula later went on Twitter to comment: “It is just a theoretical measure; the probability is about 10-15%.” This would be another step towards building a functioning smart quarantine system – alongside with perfecting the eRouška mobile application. Several countries have already successfully implemented the method. ForRead more.