PRAGUE (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 02nd March, 2021) Mandatory weekly testing for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is introduced from March 12 at enterprises and firms in the Czech Republic, Deputy Prime Minister and Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek said.
“The government decided that from March 12, mandatory testing for the presence of coronavirus will be introduced once a week at enterprises and firms with 250 or more employees,” Havlicek told reporters.
“In smaller work collectives this measure will be introduced from March 15. For this, it will be enough to use antigen tests,” he said.
In the past week, the Czech Republic ranks first in the world in terms of the number of new coronavirus patients per 1 million population – 884, which is 10 times higher than the corresponding figure for Germany. The total number of those infected, according to the Czech Health Ministry as of Sunday morning, is 148,960, with 7,049 of them hospitalized. During the epidemic, 20,469 people have died. The population of the republic is 10.71 million people.
In connection with the critical situation, the Czech government imposed on Friday a 30-day emergency situation regime again.