Coronavirus: Babiš Proposes Tighter Measures

PM Babiš proposes tighter measures. He wants to ban flights from Italy and keep a closer look on Airbnb

Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) wants to propose a ban on flights from Venice and Milan on the National Security Council meeting on Monday.

He told Czech Television (ČT) that Italy didn’t deal with the disease accordingly. Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch (ANO) today announced the first three cases coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic. All three people recently came to the Czech Republic from Italy.

Direct flights between the Czech Republic and China have been stopped due to the coronavirus, and Czech Airlines has also cancelled flights to South Korea.

Babiš also urged all hotels, hostels or Airbnb operators to be aware of who lives in their properties. One of the infected people in the Czech Republic is an American who used Airbnb. “She went to the hospital herself and we don’t want that,” Babiš said.

According to him, it is necessary to switch to pickups from home. Representatives of regional sanitary stations and rescue services will discuss this on Monday before noon. According to Babiš, the approach of relevant institutions to the situation needs to change.

The Prime Minister thinks that it would be good for teachers to ask children at school on Monday, whether they recently spent their holidays in Italy.

“It is also necessary to discuss within the National Security Council, whether to ban large scale events,” Babiš said. For example, the upcoming Biathlon World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě, where up to 100,000 people are expected, would be in danger of cancellation.

“Everyone said it would come to us and unfortunately it is here, so we must prevent it,” Babiš said.

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