Czech Health Minister breaks virus rules, asks to resign

Prague (AP) – The Czech Republic’s prime minister said after resigning or firing his health minister, he broke strict government restrictions and visited a Prague restaurant to slow the record growth of coronovirus infections.

Prime Minister Russian Babis said that on Friday he would discuss the possible replacement of Minister Roman Primula with the country’s president later in the day.

“Babis said,” there is no other way but his resignation from the post. “It was not supposed to happen.”

“If we want people to follow the rules … it is we who have to set an example.” “We cannot promote water and drink alcohol.”

Belsk Tabloid said Priyamula met with Jaroslav Fultanek, deputy head of the Bebis-led senior government ANO or YES, at a restaurant in Prague on Wednesday night. Photos printed on the paper revealed that Primula also did not wear the mandatory face mask.

Restaurants are closed in the Czech Republic due to the epidemic, and it was not immediately clear whether the establishment was open or if the owner only allowed Primula and Faltnić to dine there.

This revelation has shaken the country, which has been hit by an epidemic. At Primula’s request, the government approved tougher restrictions to slow the boom that endangers the entire health system.

The Social Democrats, a junior government coalition party, joined protests demanding Primula’s resignation, calling his behavior “unacceptable”.

Primula denied any wrongdoing and refused to proceed, which further aggravated the crisis. He said that he was invited to attend a meeting with the director of a hospital and only went through the restaurant to a private place where it happened.

“I haven’t broken anything,” he said.

Falteneck apologized for the meeting and said he asked Priamula to discuss a special parliamentary treaty, which is set to ratify NATO’s military medical personnel plans to come to the Czech Republic to help their local allies .

Prior to becoming health minister, Priyamula was a deputy health minister who led the government’s response to a coronovirus epidemic for a time in the spring.

The country recorded a relatively small number of COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to Western European countries such as Italy, Spain and Britain.

Priamula, an epidemiologist, later assumed a different position as a government health care envoy.

He was hired as the “crisis manager” only a month ago to lead the epidemic response in the country as new infections were growing at a rapid pace.

Primula became health minister on 12 September, and he enforced several tough regulations in an effort to slow the growth of infections. Bars, restaurants and schools are closed, as well as theater, cinema, zoo and many other places. Professional sports competitions are banned.

Hours before the event at the restaurant, Primula and Bebis announced that the country was returning to a lockdown in the spring with new restrictions that shut down the movement, many shops and services, and limited public ceremonies to two.

Primula said Priamula said the health system would collapse around November 10 if measures were not taken, Primula said.

Calling the current situation dramatic, she recently tweeted in one of her videos: “I want to call you all, if possible, at home.”

The day-to-day increase of new confirmed cases reached 14,151, the second-largest after a record of nearly 15,000 sets a day earlier. The country has confirmed 223,065 positive cases, nearly a third of them while 1,845 people have died in the last seven days.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is 4,777, with 735 in critical condition.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases has increased from 32.81 new cases per 100,000 people in the past two weeks to 92.88 new cases per 100,000 people on Wednesday from October 7.


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