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In the Czech Republic, they want to oblige large companies to test all employees

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.

Estonia runs out of COVID vaccines amid coronavirus outbreak

Almost every fifth coronavirus test in the country tests positive. The authorities call the situation “supercritical”.

Estonia has run out of COVID vaccines, while the country’s epidemic is reaching record highs. This was stated by the head of the Department of Health Yullar Lanno at a press conference on Friday, February 26.

“The health department has zero vaccines. It makes no sense to create the impression that vaccines are stuck somewhere. The health department does not have them, since they are at zero in stock,” Lanno said, adding that there are no AstraZeneca vaccines at all, Pfizer remains about 1% of those received, Moderna — only a few thousand doses.

The official called the situation “supercritical” since the share of positive tests from the number of tests carried out is more than 18%. Also, a difficult situation is observed with the number of COVID beds in hospitals.

“The moment is getting closer when the planned treatment will become minimal or stop,” — explained the head of the department.

“Now there is no point in hiding our heads in the sand. We are all tired, but we must feel responsible. Any contact that can be canceled must be canceled,” Lanno said.

Note that in Estonia, for the second day in a row, anti-records of the incidence of COVID-19 are recorded: on Thursday – 1,154 infected, on Friday 1,204. Incidence per 100 thousand population is 887.75 cases.

Recall that earlier the number of vaccinated in the world has already doubled the number of infected. At the moment, about 227 million people have already been vaccinated, which is slightly less than 3% of the world’s population.

It was also reported that scientists have found out when the effects of COVID disappear in the body. Regular fitness exercises directly contributed to the fact that patients healed much faster.