For more on the steps that have been taken since the beginning of the outbreak, see my earlier blog posts:
March 4, 2020
March 9, 2020
March 12, 2020
March 13, 2020
March 16, 2020
March 20, 2020
March 23, 2020
March 31, 2020
masks are still a fashion statement
Shortly after the quarantine was enacted, a new order was passed requiring masks be worn in public at all times. As I noted in an earlier post, the masks not only helped stopped the spread of the virus, but they were also an outward symbol of solidarity in the fight against the disease. Even newscasters wear them in the studio.
the results have been good
- We’ve flattened the curve.
- As of 8:30 a.m. today, total confirmed cases were 6,151, and total deaths were 163 (out of a population of about 10 million).
- The number of new cases yesterday was 82, whereas on April 3rd it was 352.
- 676 have recovered from the disease.
- Our ICU wards are 50% full.
- We’ve accepted patients from other EU countries whose ICU capacity was full.
During Easter week, the government debated whether the country could begin to open up - slowly. On Maundy Thursday, the Prime Minister, Andrej Babis, made an address to the nation - wearing a mask, of course.
Babis pleaded with people to not attend church and to resist visiting family members. He also cautioned people to continue to exercise caution when out in public.
We've had mixed results
- Certain businesses (hobby shops among them) are allowed to open;
- People can now walk, hike, run or bike in forests without a mask, but social distancing must be maintained.
You can imagine some of the problems associated with the above. Who determines what’s a forest far enough from populated areas? Who polices social distancing in the forest? Long lines immediately formed at the hobby shops, of course.
It will be important now to monitor the confirmed cases of Coronavirus to see if they increase above rates present before the easing. For now, we’re all hoping for the best, of course!