Veils from China are not a gift, but a trade, said Boletus. He described the closure of Prague as nonsense
Updated Mar 20, 2020 1:09 pm
In the coming days, Prague should receive up to three million veils from Turkey and India, Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) announced in an online chat with Aktuálně.cz readers, stating that he does not want to pay for the shipment due to a preliminary risk that the purchase would not end . At the same time, a warning that the supply of medical supplies to the Czech government from China is not humanitarian aid, but pure trade.
The capital itself reliably seeks enough medical supplies. According to Mayor Hřib, a consignment of 150,000 respirators, arranged by the Pilsen Region, should arrive on Friday. In the coming days, up to three million veils from Turkey and India could come. “The exact date cannot be promised, because there are more and more strict restrictions on cross-border transit, which change from day to day,” Hřib explained.
“In any case, the capital city of Prague will not pay for the shipment in advance, we do not want to put the city at risk of unrealized purchases, as it happened to the government. We are extremely careful in this matter,” Hřib said.
Given that Prague will help with the partnership agreement with Beijing some time ago, readers of Aktuálně.cz also asked the mayor about the delivery that is going to the Czech Republic from China these days. “It is still not a matter of humanitarian aid or a gift from China, but a trade,” said Hřib, reminding that the Czech government will pay more than a billion crowns for the material.
On Thursday, the Minister of the Interior Jan Hamáček refuted the information that the government would like to quarantine the whole of Prague, as in the case of several municipalities in the Olomouc region. “The Prague Crisis Staff is not going to do anything like that either. It doesn’t even make sense to me, Prague functions as one interconnected region together with the Central Bohemian Region. However, the situation is changing every moment and nothing can be ruled out in the future if the government decides. for us – we do not plan anything like that in Prague, “Hřib told his citizens.
Closing the capital is not planned for public transport either, as it is key to continuing the city’s partial operation. On the contrary, playgrounds could be closed, where, despite government measures, children gather with their parents. “Prague 11 and Prague 7 have closed their playgrounds and I think that a similar procedure will follow in other parts of the city,” said Hřib.
Many people also move in city parks. However, the management of the metropolis wants to make them accessible to the public. “If the people of Prague respect it, we are not considering a similar ban in the current situation. On the contrary, complete isolation can be difficult for the psyche. If people walk with a dog or go out into nature, that’s fine. But I emphasize: only if it is social distance is observed, “Hřib called.