Czech Republic Says It May Have Closed Borders for Two Years
Czech Crisis Staff head Roman Prymula said on Czech Television that border controls may need to remain for an extended period of time of up to two years in order to keep people from other European countries that have been impacted more by the Wuhan Virus out.
“The situation in other European countries will not be good, there it will take months and long months,” declared Prymula.
Czech Minister of Health Adam Vojtech agreed with Prymula’s suggestion.
“The point is to avoid having a second or third wave of the epidemic, so that people from other countries such as Italy, France, Spain, Germany, do not begin to flow [into the Czech Republic],” he said on Czech Television.
Quarantine measures which impede the movement of people and ordered the closure of restaurants and other businesses, in addition to the wearing of face coverings in public, will continue into effect in the Czech. Republic until April 1st at the minimum.
The measures have been successful so far, with Prymula noting how authorities were able to “flatten the curve” of infections and keep the virus from spreading.
The country has largely blunted the impact of Wuhan virus in comparison to other European countries, with 1,236 recorded cases and just a single death.
Vit Rakusan, leader of the opposition STAN party, believes that the idea of closing the border for 2 years is extremely harsh.
“I understand and support the ban on traveling during current culmination of the epidemic. But scaring people with two years, this must not be a decision of an epidemiologist, however prominent,” he sustained.