Czech Prime Minister Andriy Babis suggests that large companies organize testing of all their employees.
IDNES reports about it.
The government will discuss such a proposal on Monday, proposing to establish a requirement for companies with more than 250 employees. Companies that refuse to do so will have to suspend their work or pay a fine of up to CZK 500,000.
According to the prime minister, this could become an alternative instead of the complete closure of enterprises for a lockdown, which would be too strong a blow to the economy.
How enterprises should organize testing of workers and whether this should become a regular measure is not specified yet.
The prime minister also admitted that the government made a number of mistakes in the fight against the epidemic, including when the authorities showed an inappropriate example by their behavior.
Earlier on Saturday, initiatives were already sounded to suspend the operation of enterprises altogether if they are not included in the category of critical ones.
We will remind you, the Czech Republic until March 28 extended the state of emergency and introduced a number of severe restrictions due to the difficult epidemiological situation.
Schools and kindergartens, except for the children of medical workers, and non-grocery stores, which were still allowed to operate, are closed on Monday. Restrictions on movement between regions will also continue.
In the last week, the number of new infections in the country every day is on average 3000 more than a week ago.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the Czech Republic now has the worst coronavirus situation in the EU and the countries of the European Economic Area. It is the only country where the incidence rate in the last 14 days has exceeded 1000 cases per 100,000 population. In second place in terms of the number of cases in Estonia, in third is Slovakia, neighboring the Czech Republic.