The Ministry of Health uses the Early Warning and Response System. It is a closed system, thanks to which MoH can continuously communicate with other countries on a daily basis. Furthermore, the MoH participates in regular teleconferences of the EU Health Security Committee (HSC), where information is shared. In particular, information on the epidemiological developments and teleconferences are provided by expert and relevant statements from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Measures and regulations implemented
The authorities have ordered to all airports in the Czech Republic to inform passengers what to do when they feel ill, showing symptoms of Coronavirus. There is a screening process in place in Prague and there are special gates dedicated to all flights from Soul and anywhere from Italy. There are special gates and buses dedicated to all passengers from Italyand the whole area undergoes a disinfection procedure many times a day. The overall disinfection frequency in the whole airport has been increased as well.
From Sunday February 9th, 2020, until cancellation, all direct flights to and from China to the international airports in the Czech Republic will be forbidden. No other restrictions apart from screening procedures are in place.
If there are any symptoms that may lead to Coronavirus the traveller will be taken care of by the doctor at the airport. If the doctor decided a more thorough medical check is needed the traveller may be sent to a hospital Na Bulovce, where further steps will be taken. These were the cases so far. If it is necessary, the hospital may put anyone into quarantine – for obvious reasons.
Local authorities have not issued any statements on preventing events, meetings or congresses to take place. They only warn people from travelling to affected areas, as the Czech Republic has had no confirmed case of Coronavirus yet.
Increasing the number of disinfectant stands at Václav Havel Airport.
The Prague Congress Centre will equip all bathrooms, cloakrooms, info desks and entrance areas with disinfection gels. They will increase the frequency of cleaning of the congress spaces. Their air condition system is based on a 100% air exchange when the old air is being let out and a new air is being drawn in on another side of the building. This may also avoid spreading the disease through ventilation.