Interior Minister says Covid-19 state of emergency cannot be declared without regional action

Interior Minister Jan Hamáček said on Monday that legal requirements have not yet been met to declare a nationwide state of emergency due to sharply rising numbers of Covid-19 cases.

Relevant authorities in the most-affected regions must first meet and suggest such a step before the Central Crisis Staff could move ahead, he told reporters follow a meeting of that organ.

Hamáček said that the Ministry of Health wants a state of emergency declared in order to impose a work duty on medics in some regions with the highest Covid-19 incidence rate.

Due to the pandemic, states of emergency were declared in March and October 2020.

Author: Brian Kenety