In Brief: Government Postpones Decision on State of Emergency

According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the government will delay declaring a state of emergency unless it is requested by regional governors. Credit:

Czech Rep, Nov 23 (BD) – Despite comments yesterday from Health Minister Adam Vojtech that a state of emergency would be required in the Czech Republic, the government has not yet discussed the possibility. According to Prime Minister Babiš, they will wait until such a measure is requested by regional governors. 

“We will want a clear opinion from the governors on whether they demand the declaration of a state of emergency,” he explained, adding that the Government Council for Health Risks will meet with regional governors on Tuesday morning.

Chief Hygienist Pavla Svrčinová said yesterday that a state of emergency would help overcrowded hospitals, where more and more patients are hospitalized with Covid-19. However, many politicians spoke out against the move yesterday, including Interior Minister Jan Hamacek (CSSD), Education Minister Robert Plaga (ANO), and members of the incoming government.

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