The ceremony of conferment of the appointment letter of the new Czech prime minister is drawing attention as the president is in quarantine.
On the 28th local time, Czech President Milos Zeman presented a letter of appointment to the new Prime Minister Petri Fiala while quarantined in an acrylic box.
The reason President Zeman was quarantined in an acrylic box is because he tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
In the Czech Republic, patients who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for about two weeks, but it seems that such a plan was introduced to prevent the suspension of state affairs due to the president’s confirmation.
At the Prime Minister’s appointment ceremony attended by four people, President Zeman appeared inside a transparent acrylic box in a wheelchair pushed by a protective suit wearer.
President Zeman was familiar with the event, waving at the camera inside the protective acrylic box that looked like a small greenhouse.
This appointment ceremony clearly shows the urgent Corona 19 situation in the Czech Republic, where even the president has been infected.
With about a fifth of the Czech population tested positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister Fiala urged citizens to vaccinate, saying “the new government has to deal with many challenges in a very complex situation” at a press conference after the appointment ceremony.
The vaccination rate in the Czech Republic is 58.5%, which is lower than the EU average (65.8%). Until yesterday (28th) local time, 32,837 people in the Czech Republic have died from Corona 19.
In response, the Czech government declared a one-month state of emergency on the 26th local time and took measures to strengthen quarantine, but met with strong protests. In the Czech capital, Prague, thousands of people took to the streets without masks, chanting slogans “I endured it long enough”.
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