Updates: 11/18/2021 3:02 PM
Released: 18.11.2021, 14:34
Prague – As expected, the government agreed today on a proposal according to which, from Monday, November 22, with some exceptions, the tests will not be recognized as a cover certificate. This was announced at the press conference by the Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch (for YES). When entering service establishments, mass events or gastronomic or accommodation establishments, people will have to prove themselves by a complete vaccination against covid-19 or by having the disease in the last six months.
Exceptions to the measure will have children under the age of 18, people who have received the first dose of vaccination or are within 14 days after the second, but must submit a PCR test at the same time, or people who cannot vaccinate for health reasons. However, the doctor must have a reason to enroll the vaccine in the Infectious Diseases Information System (ISIN). Together with those vaccinated and children under the age of 18, they will be entitled to five PCR tests per month paid for by public health insurance, and vaccinated people will continue to receive two paid tests.
It will also be possible to prove yourself with a test, for example, when entering spa care or during elections to the administrative bodies of legal entities. PCR tests and antigen tests will also be recognized for visits to hospitals or social services facilities, but self-tests.
From Monday, a certificate of vaccination, illness or negative PCR test will be required for visits to prisons. Exceptions include, for example, lawyers or lawyers.
The possibility of using self-tests will be abolished in university dormitories. Accommodation will be possible only with vaccination, illness, PCR test not older than 72 hours or antigen test from the collection site not older than 24 hours. The test will still need to prove every seven days.
Nowadays, people have to prove themselves with a covid certificatefor example, to visit restaurants, sports and cultural events, body care services, monuments, museums or zoos and botanical gardens or at accommodation.
We will reintroduce testing in companies, the state will contribute to them as in the spring
According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES), the government introduced comprehensive testing of unvaccinated workers in companies. The contribution should be the same as in the spring. I anticipate that the measure will apply until the end of February next year. Babiš said this at a press conference today after an extraordinary government meeting. The Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (ANO) added that testing in companies should be approved by the government on Friday, the measure should apply from Monday, he said.
According to Havlíček, every person who goes to work will have to prove with a certificate of vaccination, covid-19 or a negative test. At the same time, the possibility of testing with an antigenic self-test kit remains in place, under supervision. Testing will only affect unvaccinated people, but according to Havlíček, the government will probably approve that vaccinated people over the age of 60 will also have to be tested.
According to Havlíček, testing will apply to all types of companies, and it will also apply to state organizations and municipalities.
Mandatory testing initially began at companies with more than 250 employees, which had to complete the first round by March 12. Gradually, the cabinet introduced binding tests in the smallest companies, sole traders and the public sector.
Companies could draw 60 crowns from the public health insurance for the test, but they could claim a maximum of four per employee per month.
The government has agreed to continue testing in schools
According to Babiš, the government agreed to continue comprehensive testing in schools once a week every Monday. He expects the new anti-epidemic measures to take effect by the end of February. Babiš said this after today’s government meeting. According to Vojtěch, the testing will be set up so that they do not have to go to the quarantine of the whole class, but only a positively tested student.
“It will be as it has been so far. The tests will be taken to schools from the State Material Reserves Administration, children who are unvaccinated will be tested,” Vojtěch described. It will be tested with antigenic self-tests, according to Babiš, the government has dealt with their purchase. By Monday, the Cabinet will gather requests so that there will be enough tests by the end of February.
On Wednesday, Chief Hygienist Pavla Svrčinová mainly concerned testing that area testing did not have a sufficient German effect, which is or some federal states where it did not affect the spread of the disease. it shouldn’t. She proposed testing only in outbreaks, as decided by the regional hygiene station.
It was the end of testing in schools that the experts criticized. According to them, the government should have been completely inspired by the so-called Bavarian model, which no longer recognizes negative tests. “We were inspired by the Bavarian model, but it is not the Bavarian model. So that the details are not compared,” Babiš said today.
At present, extensive testing of antigenic self-tests in schools is approved on Monday, November 22 and 29. Some schools have been testing since the beginning of November. On Monday, November 1, tests in eight districts revealed about 700 positively tested. One week later, it was tested in 31 districts and there were 3,423 infections, of which more than three quarters were in primary schools. It was also tested in 22 districts on Monday, November 15, the results are not yet available.
Mandatory testing applies to primary and secondary schools. University students are required to wear respirators when teaching. Accommodation on university dormitories has the obligation to submit a covid certificate. Minister of Education Robert Plaga (for YES) on twitterthat, in addition to confirmation of vaccination or infection, it will also be possible to prove by a negative test every seven days, for an antigen test older than 24 hours and for a PCR test not older than 72 hours.