Doctors in Czech Republic to carry on working even if they have Covid

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The Health Ministry said on Friday that doctors and nurses in the Czech Republic who are infected with Kovid-19 will be allowed to continue working.

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This rule will apply to all essential health workers and social service workers who test positive but do not show symptoms.

The plan is less ambitious than previously indicated by the government, which said it was looking at including workers from emergency services, police and energy industry in the conditions.

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The move by the Czech Republic was the latest easing of restrictions in Europe, where countries are looking for ways to keep services running as the Omicron version sees a surge in cases, but with less harmful consequences for the infected.

Heath minister, Vlastimil Valek, said the government hoped to manage the new infections, which have already pushed new daily cases to more than 10,000 in the past few days.

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Those who are infected but need to keep working will only be allowed to travel from home to work and back.

Mr Walleck said he would wear face masks and dine in separate rooms, adding he only expected a few hundred workers to qualify under the new rules, implemented only when the situation required it.

“Measures will be taken to ensure that there is zero risk of infecting the working collective,” he said.

The government has already ordered tests in schools and from Monday workers will have to be tested twice a week.

Mr Walleck predicted the number of daily cases would rise to 20,000 early next week and possibly to 50,000 by the end of the week, far higher than the record of around 28,000 set on 25 November.

As of Thursday, the number of people with the virus in hospitals has come down to 1,912, according to health ministry data.

Mr Walleck reiterated that the government’s strategy was to slow the spread of omicrons through the population and avoid overcrowding hospitals.

New infections in the Czech Republic had been declining since a record high in late November, but started rising again last week. Omicron is now the flagship version in the country.

The Czech Republic has reported nearly 2.6 million cases so far, a sizable figure for a country of around 10.7 million people.

The death rate per capita is the worst with a total of 36,799.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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