Opponents of anti-epidemic measures demonstrate in Prague, police detain dozens of people – ČT24 – Czech Television
Events: Police detained 60 people during demonstrations against the measures on Sunday
On Sunday afternoon, police officers closed Prague’s Wenceslas Square, where they convened a demonstration of the We Together initiative. She let a hundred people into the barricade, now allowed at rallies. The event started at 1 pm, the organizers ended it shortly after the start. Some participants moved to the National Theater, others parted ways.
Police detained a deputy and co-organizer of the protest, Lubomír Volný, after the demonstration, CNN Prima News reported. The reason was that Volný repeatedly refused to apply mandatory face protection. “I have information that the deputy was detained after repeatedly refusing to use the veil,” said Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (CSSD). A Member’s misdemeanor could be assessed by the lower house’s immune committee. Information about confirmed and Free on your Facebook. But he did not comment on the reason. “I’m fine, I’m free,” he wrote.
Police also closed the Old Town Square, where a protest was to take place organized by the Chcípl PES initiative. A few minutes after the start of the event, the Prague City Hall dissolved the demonstration, she informed the police.
Opponents of the measure from the Old Town Square headed to Petřín at the invitation of the organizers, from where they later returned to the square. The police called on them to break up. The subsequent attempt by several dozen demonstrators to penetrate Wenceslas Square was supported by heavily-clad police, who blocked their two-way road in Na Příkopě Street and from which a section of approximately 50 meters was gradually released after proving their identities.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) and Minister Hamáček praised the professional intervention of the police. “We need to thank the police for acting professionally,” Babiš told Nova TV. According to him, the intervention was justified, people were breaking the rules. “I thank the police for today’s professional intervention against those irresponsible couples who endanger the health of us all,” Hamáček said on Twitter.
During the week, the police announced that they would check compliance with the rules, which are limited due to the spread of coronavirus, at the announced demonstrations. She wanted to focus, among other things, on whether the number of participants in the protests is allowed, they are only from the district where the event takes place, and they have the prescribed protection of the nose and mouth.
On Sunday, the police did not let go of several buses outside the districts, which were heading to Prague for a demonstration against government measures. Several buses went from Karviná, one from Brno. No one was fined on the spot.
A bus was also heading to Prague for a demonstration against government measures, monitoring the police from the Pilsen region. The bus went from Kralovice, but according to police spokeswoman Ivana Jelínková, no one got on it.
However, the police also monitor compliance with the measures in other parts of the republic. For example, in the South Moravian Region, 137 cars did not allow 137 cars to cross the district boundaries on Saturday. “The reasons are basically the same, some people do not have a legal reason to cross the border, some do not have documents in order,” said Pavel Šváb, a spokesman for South Moravian police officers.
Hospitals remain congested
Since the beginning of the month, police have demonstrated more than 600,000 inspections of compliance with emergency measures. The government will decide next week whether the current bans will need to be extended beyond March 21. “The epidemic seems to be slowing down. Not that there is no care, but that growth without measures would be much faster. Next week will be the most critical and we can get, it still applies, up to two thousand people in intensive care units, “said Minister of Health Jan Blatný (for YES).
Saturday’s increase in infections is the third worst weekend result, with the highest number of infections so far being on Saturday, October 24, when laboratories confirmed 12,473 cases. More than 168,000 people now suffer from the infection. The number of coronavirus patients who have died since the onset of the epidemic increased to 21,717.
The reproduction number showing the rate of coronavirus spread on Sunday rose very slightly to 1024 from 1021. At values above one epidemic, it increases.
The capacity of intensive care in domestic hospitals is approaching depletion. In this context, the Czechia requires several countries for assistance in locating covid patients. Since Friday, the number of people hospitalized with covid has decreased by approximately 480. However, the number of those who are in serious condition has changed minimally. There were 1756 of them on Friday, 34 less on Saturday. Last Saturday, 1540 patients with covid were in serious condition.
According to the date of the ministry, 143 intensive care beds for these patients were available throughout the Czech Republic on Sunday. However, the Karlovy Vary and Plzeň regions no longer have any available beds in the ARO and ICU for patients with covid-19, and the Liberec region has two.
Overloaded medical facilities will enter a new week with opportunities to call medics and other students. Similarly, they can already turn to an outpatient specialization. In some hospitals, other volunteers from the Czech Red Cross will also start helping on Monday. He will join the covid departments in Ústí nad Labem, Liberec, Domažlice or Mladá Boleslav.
“Each team has the task of representing nursing and nursing work in the hospital. Overall, we expect to supply ten hospitals in this way next week, and at one point there will be around eighty volunteers in all shifts, “said Richard Smejkal, head of the Central Red Cross Central Crisis Team.
Events: The government will review the measures next week, and congested hospitals will be able to call students
Vaccination has accelerated slightly this week
Coronavirus vaccination has accelerated slightly in recent days in the Czech Republic. On Thursday, we received the most people so far, over 34,000. At the same time, in recent weeks the number of applied doses on working days usually did not exceed twenty thousand, even less was vaccinated on weekends.
By Saturday evening, according to data from the ministry, nationwide applied 818 thousand doses, who were treated and approximately 261 thousand people received both necessary doses. Specifically, almost eleven thousand doses were given on Saturday, which is seven and a half thousand more than last Saturday. Weekends are vaccinated less than on weekdays.
During the week, Prime Minister Babiš called for vaccination to be speeded up on weekends as well. He appealed to all vaccination centers to do their utmost for rapid vaccination and not to keep preparations in reserve for the second dose.
Volunteer firefighters were vaccinated in Prague, according to Deputy Hlubuček
According to the server Message list Volunteer fire brigades from Lysolají and Suchdol were vaccinated in Prague on Saturday, although according to the government’s vaccination strategy they are not yet among the priority groups. According to the server, vaccination was offered to firefighters by the Deputy Mayor of Prague, Petr Hlubuček (STAN). In addition to his position at the municipality, he is also the mayor of Lysolají.
Hlubuček wrote to the server that the firefighters were vaccinated by a doctor who now operates a vaccination center in her aesthetic clinic. “She herself offered to vaccinate our fire brigade, and we accepted the offer,” he said. The deputy and his party colleague and the mayor of Suchdol, Petr Hejl, further stated that firefighters can get enough because they keep the pandemic in full force throughout the pandemic.
According to the health councilor Milena Johnová (Prague Sobě), the rules were violated in the procedure, according to her, seniors should be vaccinated as a matter of priority. “I do not understand the mentioned procedure, if it is true, then it is a violation of the rules. Now it is absolutely necessary to vaccinate only the most endangered groups of the population, “he said. According to the server, Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) wants the matter checked.
Hlubuček responded that John had told him last week that it was already possible to vaccinate Group 1B according to the government’s strategy, which also includes components of the integrated rescue system, including volunteer firefighters. According to him, the recommendations from the company AstraZeneca were used for vaccination, to which some seniors are reluctant.
“It is not true that firefighters were given priority over seniors,” the deputy said. According to him, the inhabitants of Lysolají over the age of 80 have been vaccinated for several weeks and all seniors over the age of 70 have a set date. According to him, members of the integrated rescue system are among the most endangered groups of employment. “By the time we are all supposed to be home, they are the ones who care about our safety. That is why it is absolutely right that we are gradually succeeding in vaccinating ourselves from residual safety, “he added.
The Prague vaccination coordinator Martin Ježek and the mayor of Hřib server said that firefighters, police officers or police officers can only be safe if there is an open bottle at the end of the day with unused doses that would otherwise be wasted. However, the commander of the field unit of the Suchdol volunteer firefighters, Jakub Bárta, wrote a list of reports that they had been offered vaccinations the day before, ie on Friday.