Coronavirus: Random Border Checks Already Started

Prague Morning

New emergency coronavirus measures became effective at ten border crossings on Monday at 7 am, as reported by iDNES.cz

Police, firefighters and customs officers randomly test the temperature to incoming drivers. In South Bohemia, one driver with temperature was taken to the hospital.

The measure applies to a total of ten border crossings with Slovakia, Germany, and Austria, more specifically at Rozvadov, Folmava, Železná Ruda, Dolní Dvořiště, Strážný, Mikulov, Hatě, Břeclav, Cínovec and Pomezí.

At checkpoints, passengers receive information leaflets, and firefighters test the temperature.

If firefighters detect someone’s elevated temperature, they will notify the unit commander, who will contact the Regional Hygiene Station for further actions.

Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced that his ministry has issued a special order to all providers of inpatient care to no longer allow visits, with exceptions granted for children, those in terminal stages of incurable diseases and other specific cases.

As of Monday, March 9th there are thirty-two cases confirmed in the country. They are mostly people returning from Italy or close contacts.

In response to the rapid spread of the virus, the Czech National Security Council has decided that the country will impose restrictions on the sale and distribution of respirators and disinfectants. The planned measures aim to provide effective respirators and disinfectants for medical staff.

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, people returning from Italy will have to inform their doctors and remain in quarantine for two weeks. Those violating the quarantine can face a fine of up to 3 million crowns.

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