Babiš: The hard autumn is coming, but we can’t afford further economic measures

According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES), the Czechia is facing a difficult autumn due to the spreading coronavirus. However, according to him, the country cannot afford measures of an economic nature, so he called for responsibility and compliance with safety and hygiene rules. The Prime Minister said this in a pre-recorded video at the National Industrial Summit in Prague.

Babiš stated that the government will no longer introduce economic restrictions. However, he noted that the number of new cases is skyrocketing and many people are behaving as if the coronavirus has disappeared. According to him, the main goal of the government is to protect at-risk groups of the population, which, according to him, include not only people of retirement age, but also citizens over the age of 50 who suffer from various diseases.

“We are very interested in returning to a normal social, cultural and sporting life,” he said. According to him, people should pay attention to safe distances, hygienic regulations and, of course, wear veils. Although in the spring the others who came out without a veil pointed this out, now people with a veil have become the target of ridicule, which is wrong, he said.

Babiš reminded that despite the coronavirus crisis, unemployment remains low and some companies are still recruiting. But people with the right qualifications are missing, which is why companies still need foreign workers, he said. According to him, it is necessary for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and business associations to state how many workers the Czech market really needs. According to Babiš, the current numbers are diametrically different.

Babiš stated that the government will no longer introduce economic restrictions. However, he noted that the number of new cases is skyrocketing and many people are behaving as if the coronavirus has disappeared.

On Tuesday, a record 1164 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection increased in the Czech Republic, the current maximum was 796 cases on Friday. The number of currently ill patients, which is 9272, is also record-breaking. 234 people are hospitalized with covid-19, and 62 patients are in serious condition, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, the most since 29 April.

Stricter measures against coronavirus apply in Prague from Wednesday. Veils are mandatory against the rest of the republic at post offices, shops and shopping centers. Catering facilities must be closed between midnight and 06:00. Minister of Health Adam Vojtech (for YES) at Twitter announced that indoor drapes will be mandatory indoors throughout the country from Thursday.

The guests of the live DVTV broadcast are epidemiologist Petr Smejkal and doctor Roman Šmucler. Michal Bláha from the State Guard comments on the operation of clever quarantine. | Video: DVTV

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