Official: Flights Between Czech Republic & Italy to be Suspended

Czech government decides to suspend flights to and from Italy (Milan, Venice, Bergamo and Bologna) and South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV).

This was announced by PM Andrej Babiš after the meeting with the State Security Council.

The Czech Republic is negotiating this step with the European Commission and expects to limit flights from and to Italy for 14 days.

Moreover, the upcoming Biathlon World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě, where up to 100,000 people are expected, will take place without an audience.

The Prime Minister stressed that anyone who has been in high-risk locations and has coronavirus-like symptoms should report their symptom by phone rather than seeking medical attention at clinics or hospitals.

Yesterday, the Czech health minister confirmed the first three cases of coronavirus infection in the country.

It is not yet clear how many other people that the three came into contact with will be quarantined. None of the patients are reported to be in serious condition.

 

LIVE UPDATES

12.30

Following the decision by the State Security Council, Czech Airlines is suspending the service from Prague to Milan and Bologna with immediate effect. The interruption of the flights is valid from today to 6 April 2020.

12.25

All bus connections between Prague – Brno – Venice – Rome and Prague – Milan operated by RegioJet will be suspended from the end of this week until further notice.

10.58

The State Health Institute is operating two information lines around the clock. (People who have questions regarding the coronavirus can call 724 810 106 or 725 191 367.)

10.44

Lufthansa calls off flights to Milan, Rome, Venice, Verona, Turin, and Bologna.

10.39

Andorra reports the first case of coronavirus. The patient is a 20-year-old man who came from Milan.

10.31

The Czech University of Life Sciences Prague canceled all the classes on Monday and Tuesday. One of the three confirmed cases of coronavirus should be one of the academics.

10.26

Indian health authorities have confirmed the first new cases of coronavirus in the country in several weeks – both in patients that had a history of overseas travel

10.00

The World Biathlon Cup in Nové Město na Moravě will take place without the audience.

09:48

The National Security Council recommended limiting visits to senior homes, and Alzheimer’s centers.

09.45

The Czech Republic has officially suspended flights to South Korea, as well as from Milan, Venice, and Bologna.

 

  
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