The President of the Czech Republic, 77-year-old Milos Zeman, was taken to the Central Military Hospital in Prague due to a positive coronavirus test just hours after being discharged from the hospital, where he underwent six weeks of treatment for a chronic illness. As reported on Thursday, November 25, Reuters, the virus was identified as a result of analysis, which Zeman passed in his country residence in the town of Lana.
The President was asked to do the test after contact with one of the sick staff at the residence. Zeman’s attending physician – Miroslav Zaboral – said that the head of state will undergo monoclonal antibody therapy. According to local media reports, he has no symptoms yet.
Zeman will not be able to appoint a prime minister yet
The hospitalization means that Zeman will not yet be able to appoint the leader of the new Conservative coalition, Peter Fialu, as prime minister. Earlier it was assumed that this will be done on November 26. All events under the presidential program have been canceled for the period of his treatment for COVID-19, the office said in a statement.
Zeman has been vaccinated with three doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported.
In the Czech Republic, a state of emergency is introduced due to the situation with the coronavirus
Meanwhile, on the night of November 26, a state of emergency is introduced in the Czech Republic for 30 days due to the worsening situation with the spread of coronavirus. The measure will further allow the authorities to adopt restrictions, for example, on movements and assemblies. In addition, from the evening of November 26, restaurants, bars, clubs and discos will begin to close at 22.00 local time (00.00 Moscow time). A ban is introduced on the operation of Christmas markets, as well as on the consumption of alcohol on the streets.
In a country with a population of 10.7 million people, 18,004 new cases of infection were recorded on November 25, the number of deaths from COVID-19 first reached 32,523, the number of infected – 2,062,064. Some hospitals have already limited the provision of non-emergency care.