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Covid-19 Czech Health Ministry's Special Measures 

by KSB Covid-19 Task Force

Published: March, 2020

Submission: March, 2020

 



Czech Health Ministry's Special Measures UPDATED


 


The government explicitly stated in the Emergency Resolution that the Health Ministry’s existing emergency measures are not to be affected by the state of emergency, which means that they remain valid and must be observed. All the Health Ministry’s special measures introduced valid after the emergency was announced must be observed as well. A brief summary (updated on 19March 2020) is outlined below.


  1. Introduced before the state of emergency was announced

1) No direct flights from regions in italy


Summary: All air carriers operating direct flights from all airports in the territory of Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto in the Republic of Italy with passengers on board to all airports in the territory of the Czech Republic are prohibited.


2) No direct flights from the territory of the republic of korea


Summary: All air carriers operating direct flights from all airports in the territory of the Republic of Korea with passengers on board to all airports in the territory of the Czech Republic are prohibited.


3) Prohibition to export all personal hygiene products intended for hand disinfection


Summary: All parties, save for the manufacturers, are prohibited from exporting all personal hygiene products intended for hand disinfection (as specified in the special measure) from the territory of the Czech Republic; this does not apply to a reasonable amount for personal use.


4) No sale of all class FFP3 personal protective equipment (respirators)


Summary: All parties are prohibited from selling all marketed class FFP3 personal protective equipment to parties other than: (i) the Czech Republic and its authorities, agencies and organizational units; (ii) parties that are engaged in the distribution thereof, if they have their registered office in the Czech Republic who may only resell or transfer said personal protective equipment to the parties listed above in line with the special emergency measure.


5) Mandatory identification of individuals who return from the Republic of Italy and determination of the mandatory quarantine for these individuals


Summary: All individuals with permanent or temporary (for over 90 days) residence in the Czech Republic or employed in the Czech Republic who return from their journey to Republic of Italy to the Czech Republic on and after 7 March 2020 are required to report such fact immediately upon their arrival to the Czech Republic by telephone or other remote access to their general practitioner or to another general practitioner.


All general practitioners for adults or general practitioners for children and adolescents are required to decide whether to quarantine individuals (who have permanent and temporary (90-day) residence in the Czech Republic or who are employed in the Czech Republic) who, as of 7 March 2020, return from their trip to Italy to the Czech Republic or not for 14 days. This measures do not apply to: (i) freight drivers who transit through Italy or transport, load and unload freight on the territory of Italy, (ii) drivers and crews of the health transport service who carry patients in the territory of Italy (iii) freight plane pilots who do not leave the aircraft with the exception of pre-flight or pre-flight preparation, during transit or return flights.


6) Mandatory quarantine for all individuals who have met an individual infected by the coronavirus


Summary: All general practitioners for adults or general practitioners for children and adolescents are required to decide whether to quarantine (for 14 days) individuals who have been in contact with a patient diagnosed with coronavirus based on a laboratory test.


7) Mandatory examination after returning from high-risk coronavirus areas


All individuals who are not subject to the Health Ministry’s emergency measure of 7 March 2020 (compulsory quarantine after returning from Italy) who have resided in a country with a high risk of coronavirus disease in the last 14 days before arriving in the Czech Republic after crossing the state border of the Czech Republic are required to undergo an examination for symptoms of infectious diseases.


  1. Introduced after the state of emergency was announced

8) Restrictions on scheduled treatment


Summary: Emergency in-patient healthcare providers are required to limit scheduled medical care under the Health Services Act to what is strictly necessary, taking into account the health condition of the patients for whom it was scheduled, in order to ensure sufficient capacity (personnel, material and technical) for the treatment of COVD-19 patients.


9) Lab test application forms


Summary: The measure imposes obligations on all healthcare providers which are in charge of taking samples for new coronavirus testing and all lab operators which take samples for new coronavirus testing.


10) Recording in-patient positive findings in ISIN


Summary: The measure imposes obligations on emergency in-patient healthcare providers.


11) No admittance to selected retail stores for anyone except people over 65


Summary: No individuals other than people over 65 years of age will be admitted to retail stores that carry food, sanitary goods, cosmetics and other drugstore goods, pharmacies and healthcare stores between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. This does not apply to the owners and staff of the stores and individuals in a similar position.


12) Ban on visiting patients in health facilities and persons in social care facilities


Summary: All providers of bed care health services and all social care facilities are, pursuant to the Social Services Act, prohibited from letting visitors visit patients and residents of the facility (except as provided in the emergency measure).


13) No new patients for spa treatment


Summary: All healthcare providers engaged in spa and rehabilitation care are prohibited from admitting new patients.


14) New shopping hours for senior citizens and no admittance to selected retail stores for anyone except people over 65


Summary: No individuals other than those over 65 years of age will be admitted to retail stores that carry food, sanitary goods, cosmetics and other drugstore goods, pharmacies and healthcare stores between 07:00 a.m. and 09:00 a.m. This does not apply to accompanying persons, holders of disability cards who are older than 50 years of age, including accompanying persons, employees of social care facilities and individuals in a similar position, as well as owners and staff of the stores and individuals in a similar position.


15) Public mobile network operators’ and banks’ tracking obligations


Summary:


Businesses engaged in providing public mobile communications network services (operators) are required to provide the Ministry of Health or an authorized Regional General Health Authority (the “Recipients”) with tracking data associated with the traffic on a particular telephone number of a particular individual (the “Data Subject”) during a particular period (the “Data”).


Banks are required to provide a Recipient with data on the time and place where an electronic payment instrument has been used by individuals (the “Data”) who were at a place defined by the Recipient, based on the data obtained from the operators or, if applicable, the results of processing of such Data.


The data can be processed and transmitted only if ordered by the Recipient(s) and only for the particular mobile telephone number. A Recipient is only entitled to request data if the data subject is an individual infected with SARS-CoV-2 and if such individual explicitly and unambiguously grants his/her prior informed consent to data processing under the emergency measure. Before the consent is granted, the Recipient is required to clearly inform the user at least that: (1) the operators and banks will transmit the data or the processing results to the Recipients, who will be the data controllers, (2) the only purpose of the data processing is to carry out an epidemiological tracking of how COVID-19 transmits and to identify at-risk population groups at the level of individual users who are at risk of COVID-19, (3) the operators will process and transmit tracking data for up to three weeks retrospectively, and the banks will process and transmit some existing data on the use of electronic payment instruments, (4) the data subjects may revoke their consent anytime. Data may be retained only for as long as is necessary for the given purpose. This period must never exceed 6 hours. Data that is no longer necessary, on a case-to-case basis, for achieving the purpose will be deleted immediately after the end of the processing period, but no later than by the deadline referred to in the previous clause.


16) Order to emergency in-patient healthcare providers


Summary: The measure requires all providers of emergency in-patient care to allocate beds for the purpose of providing acute inpatient care for COVID-19 patients, to provide staffing, including by transferring staff from other workplaces, and material and technical equipment to provide bed care for COVID-19 patients, to put in place sanitary and epidemiological measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the healthcare facility, and to update these measures in the light of the latest development of the epidemiological situation.


17) Decision about and distribution of anti-covid


Summary: The measure authorizes the marketing of Anti-COVID detergent containing the active substance ethanol which is intended for personal hygiene for the disinfection of hands. All parties concerned are required to submit to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, within 7 days, information on the level of production, as well as the structure and level of supply to the market of disinfection products marketed under the Decision.


 


 



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