Health Ministry restricts prescription of drug which could help treat COVID 19

The Ministry of Health has taken steps to restrict prescription of the drug Plaquenil, which is used to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but has also shown promise of being effective against the coronavirus.

The country’s leading epidemiologist and head of the Central Crisis Staff said on Sunday the drug could be useful in the treatment of Covid-19 as it shortens the time of virus secretion.

The restriction went into force at 6 pm on Sunday to prevent people hoarding it as they have drugs containing paracetamol.

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  • Euro: company owned by health minister’s daughter received subsidy for sanitizers

    10/25/2020

    The Medimun company, which is controlled by the daughter of Health Minister Roman Prymula,  received a subsidy of more than 650,000 crowns from the Business and Innovation for Competitiveness Operational Program in August this year, according to the Euro.cz news site .

    The money was reportedly intended to buy technology for the production of sanitizers.

    Euro.cz writes that up until that time the company suffered losses and showed little activity.

    Neither the health minister nor his daughter have commented on the matter.

  • Coronavirus numbers hit new weekend record

    10/25/2020

    The Czech Republic registered 12,472 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, a record weekend figure.

    154,000 people are currently fighting the infection, and the death toll now stands at 2077.

    Over 5,300 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, 772 of them in a serious condition.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babis has called on the nation to pull together to overcome the crisis, adding that the state of emergency which was put in place for a month will have to be extended due to the severity of the epidemic.

    He called on employers to allow home office wherever possible.

  • Czech coronavirus death toll in past week second highest in the world

    10/25/2020

    The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the Czech Republic has doubled in the past two weeks, according to Czech Health Ministry data.

    While on October 10 the country registered 1014 deaths per 100,000 people on March 24 it was 2047.

    Figures for the past week place the Czech Republic second in the world, after Andorra, in the number of corona-related deaths per capita, the New York Times writes.

    The number of overall deaths since the start of the pandemic in March rank the Czech Republic 46th in the number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • Weather forecast

    10/24/2020

    Sunday should be clear to partly cloudy with day temperatures between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius.

  • Brussels assesses compliance with recommendations in EU audit on Babiš

    10/24/2020

    Brussels has sent Prague a new assessment pertaining to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s possible conflict of interest.

    According to the news site Neovlivní.cz, the European Commission remains convinced that this is so, despite Czech officials‘attempts to refute that claim.

    The current report now assesses the Czech Republic’s compliance with the recommendations made and whether they are sufficient, according to a source familiar with the document Neovlivni writes.

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution in June saying it is inadmissible for the Czech prime minister to partake in decisions on EU funds, while continuing to exert control over the multi-billion crown Agrofert conglomerate he founded, despite having placed it into trust funds.

    It concluded that the only solution is for the prime minister to sell his business interests, stop receiving any public subsidies including EU funds, or step down from office.

    The Czech prime minister maintains that he has no conflict of interest and fully complies with the Czech conflict of interest law.

  • Czech landmarks to be lit up in blue in honour of United Nations

    10/24/2020

    Landmarks around the Czech Republic will be lit up in blue on Saturday night to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

    In Prague it will be Petřín Tower, the Dancing House, the Žižkov transmitter and the British Embassy.

    The city of Olomouc will light up the Cathedral of St. Wenceslas and Ostrava its New City Hall building.

    The tradition of lighting up iconic landmarks in blue is observed around the world.

    October 24th marks the 75th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945.

  • Switch to winter time due at 3 am tonight

    10/24/2020

    People across the Czech Republic will join millions of others on the Continent in switching to winter time on October 27. Clocks will be set back one hour at 3am.

    The last changing of clocks has been scheduled for October 31, 2021, but EU member states have so far failed to agree on whether they will adopt summer time or winter time and it is not clear if the pandemic will not interfere with these plans.

    Surveys have shown that 80% of people in the EU oppose the time switch.

    The switch to summer time will take place on March 28.

  • NATO and EU allies sending Czechia ventilators and medics

    10/24/2020

    As the coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic deepens the country’s NATO and EU allies are sending aid to see hospitals through the worst of the crisis.

    Hungary is sending 150 ventilators, The Netherlands is sending 100 ventilators and more are expected to arrive from Austria and NATO’s central reserves.

    Earlier this week EC President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU would send 30 ventilators from rescEU - the common European reserve of medical equipment.

    A team of 28 military doctors from the Texas and Nebraska National Guards is expected to arrive in the country at the end of next week to help handle the crisis, as a growing number of Czech medics have contracted the infection.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Interior Minister Jan Hamáček have both expressed gratitude for the assistance.

  • Record number of Covid-19 infections registered on Friday

    10/24/2020

    The Czech Republic registered 15,252 new cases of Covid-19 infections on Friday; the first time that the daily increase has crossed the 15,000 mark.

    Close to 145,000 people are currently fighting the infection, over 5,000 are hospitalized, of those 751 in a serious condition. The death toll is close to 2,000.

    Although the majority of people have mild or no symptoms the number of hospitalized and those in a serious condition is growing steeply.

    Community transmissions are now taking place around the country and hygiene offices are having increasing problems tracing contacts.

  • PM sacks health minister, proposes replacement

    10/24/2020

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš proposed the dismissal of Health Minister Roman Prymula and named his choice of successor for the post in a meeting with President Miloš Zeman on Friday.

    Mr. Babiš said the president had accepted his decision and would meet with the given candidate on Tuesday. He said he hoped to see the new health minister appointed next Thursday.

    Health Minister Roman Prymula was hit by scandal on Friday morning, when the daily Blesk published photos of him leaving a Prague restaurant that should have been closed due to anti-coronavirus measures.

    M. Prymula refused to resign, saying he had not breached the restrictions he himself ordered, since the meeting with another politician and the head of a hospital had been private and the facility had been closed to the public.

    The prime minister has apologized on his behalf.