Mandatory Blanket Testing to End Today

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Mandatory blanket testing in schools, companies and institutions will end today, February 18.

“There is no doubt at all that the measure introduced in January helped to prevent a massive spread of the infection to high risk groups, helped to prevent the health system from collapsing and contributed to the fact that we handled the crisis well,” said Prime Minister Petr Fiala.

All company employees have been tested twice a week while schoolchildren and all school employees have been tested once a week since Jan. 17.

The highest numbers of positive tests were registered in the week between January and February, with almost 49,000 cases.

The state will contribute 60 crowns to the cost of testing for each employee four times a month.

The coronavirus epidemic in the Czech Republic continues to subside. On Thursday, laboratories registered 15,517 new Covid-19 cases, about 12,000 fewer than on the same day a week ago.

There are currently 3,720 people hospitalized with Covid-19, with 26o of them in serious condition, according to Ministry of Health data.

The number of people who have died with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic since the start of the epidemic has reached 38,050.

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