Schools fully reopened on Sept. 1 even as case numbers crept up, and restrictions from face mask rules to attendance at public events remained relatively relaxed.Masks were reintroduced on public transport last week. In the capital Prague, bars and clubs, which have been the source of several outbreaks, must close by midnight on Wednesday.The economy shrank 11% in the April-June period on an annual basis, with tourism especially hit.The Czech spike in the last two weeks has been among Europe’s fastest, outpaced only by Spain, France, Malta, Romania and Croatia, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.The Czech rate of 68.8 cases per 100,000 people compares to 20.5 in neighboring Germany.However, deaths are lower than many other places, with 441 fatalities reported as of Wednesday from 29,877 cases.Hospitalizations remain below this year’s peaks but have jumped by 78% over the past two weeks to 234. Many new cases are asymptomatic and among the younger population. Restaurant customers do not have to wear masks while consuming, and some professions including news anchors and performing artists were exempt.Prime Minister Andrej Babis urged people to help avoid another lockdown. “We have to react in a way which saves lives, at the same time we cannot afford measures of economic nature,” he told a conference in a video message.”A difficult autumn awaits us.”While the Czech Republic was among the first European countries to adopt masks and close borders and businesses at the start of the pandemic, it was also among the quickest to reopen. Czech authorities ordered people to wear face masks inside buildings from Thursday as the daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 1,000 for the first time.Health Minister Adam Vojtech announced the measure after a one-day spike of 1,164 infections.It applies to indoor spaces except homes, classrooms and workplaces where 2-metre distancing is possible. Topics :
Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties to Go Green on June 26 Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 12 more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 26. These counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna.Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state’s green phase on June 26; however, local officials will maintain some additional restrictions until July 3. The Wolf Administration has supported specific county requests for more restrictions throughout the phased reopening process.“When these 12 counties move on June 26, we will have nearly every county in green,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s a testament to the many residents and businesses that have sacrificed over the past three months to stay home and adhere to the guidance the state has provided to protect lives and livelihoods. As we begin to reopen, I urge everyone to stay alert and continue to follow social distancing to maintain the momentum of mitigation we have in place.”The only county not slated to move to green on June 26 is Lebanon County. Against the advice of public health experts and against orders from Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine aimed at keeping Pennsylvanians healthy, Lebanon County commissioners voted 2 to 1 along party lines to prematurely reopen in late May. Now, the county is facing an uptick in cases, and is unable to move to green.“Lebanon County’s partisan, politically driven decision to ignore public health experts and reopen prematurely is having severe consequences for the health and safety of county residents,” Dr. Levine said. “Case counts have escalated and the county is not yet ready to be reopened. Lebanon County has hindered its progress by reopening too early. Because of this irresponsible decision, Lebanon County residents are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”The data dashboard of county cases and criteria for reopening consideration can be found here.Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania outlines remaining restrictions for counties in yellow or green. Effective today, there are 54 counties in green and 13 in yellow.As counties reopen, Pennsylvania continues to see a steady decline in cases, a positive indicator that its phased, measured reopening plan is working to balance public health with economic recovery.The CDC’s analysis of propriety state case data puts Pennsylvania among only three states with a 42-day steady decline in cases. The other two states are Hawaii and Montana.According to analysis by the New York Times, new COVID-19 cases are declining in less than half of all U.S. states and territories.“By participating in small actions recommended by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we can continue to break transmission links even while we resume our daily activities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Things like washing hands, bringing our own water to sports practice and, of course, wearing masks.”According to peer-reviewed studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and a recent study from Cambridge and Greenwich universities, mask-wearing prevents people from unknowingly giving COVID-19 to others and can be critical as we prepare for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.Yellow PhaseAs of June 19, these 13 counties are in the yellow phase: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Susquehanna.Some restrictions on work and social interaction are eased in the yellow phase while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.Work and Congregate Setting RestrictionsTelework Must Continue Where FeasibleBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety OrdersChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care and Prison Restrictions in PlaceSchools may provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidanceSocial RestrictionsStay-at-Home Order Lifted for Aggressive MitigationLarge Gatherings of More than 25 ProhibitedMasks are Required When Entering a BusinessIn-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery PreferableIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain ClosedRestaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and DeliveryGreen PhaseAs of June 19, these 54 counties are in the green phase: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.After a county transitions to the yellow phase, it is closely monitored for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. Some restrictions, such as mask-wearing, do remain in place.It is important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.Work and Congregate Settings RestrictionsContinued Telework Strongly EncouragedBusinesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety RequirementsAll Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% OccupancyChild Care May Open Complying with GuidanceCongregate Care Restrictions in PlacePrison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual FacilitiesSchools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth GuidanceSocial RestrictionsLarge Gatherings of More Than 250 ProhibitedMasks are Required When Entering a BusinessRestaurants and Bars Open at 50% OccupancyPersonal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment OnlyIndoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly EncouragedAll Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% OccupancyConstruction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of ProtocolsThe state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency data dashboard available here.The state continues to increase testing and ramp up contact-tracing efforts. As of June 18, there are a total of 518 contact tracers, and a total of 4,161 contacts being monitored.The Department of Health received a total of 89,350 test results in the past seven days, an average of 12,764 a day. The 30-day average of test results received is more than 13,934.There were 2,763 total cases added to investigations for the week of June 12 through 18.The latest business guidance, including outdoor recreation guidance, can be found here.Preliminary sports guidance can be found here.Ver esta página en español. June 19, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The irony that the People’s Progressive Party has had to resort to the courts to get the coalition Government to pay over monies into the Consolidated Fund, after being accused of that very practice when in office, is not lost on PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo.During a recent press conference, Jagdeo zeroed in on the recent writings of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who, in his column, accused the PPP of not paying public monies into the Consolidated Fund. But Jagdeo was not amused with the current legal fight to get the Government to pay into the Fund the US$18 million signing bonus it received from ExxonMobil.“Imagine, he’s saying nonpayment of public monies into the Consolidated Fund. They said that about the GGMC. They said that in NFMU, the housing fund, etc. (They said) those were slush funds, (and that) we didn’t pay it over. They did audits there; nothing came out of the audits. They recognise they (the funds) were all legally there, they refused to transfer them,” Jagdeo detailed.“This is the only Government since — a very long time — that we have to go to court now to get them to pay the US$18 million that they kept in secret, to pay it into the Consolidated Fund. We had to go to court for that. The other time (we had to do this) was in the 80s, when they used to export the gold from Guyana,” Jagdeo detailed.Explaining the manoeuvres that were once employed in the 1980s to bypass the Consolidated Fund, Jagdeo related that, armed with an overdraft, the then Government would export gold and bank the proceeds in Canada rather than place same into the Consolidated Fund.“Then the Office of the President used to give directions to the manager over there to release funds to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, bypassing the Consolidated Fund. If you go back to the early audit reports, you will find that,” the former President explained.Besides the signing bonus, which has been the subject of court battles, Government was only last year accused of using the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) as a slush fund to make land purchases from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO).Referring to the reports, Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill had questioned why the money was coming from the CH&PA, rather than the Government or the Consolidated Fund. He had noted that the law requires excess monies from agencies to be paid into the Consolidated Fund.In the 10th Parliament, the PPPC was accused of holding monies in extra- budgetary agencies. And those monies were even referred to by (the AFC) as slush funds. One of those agencies was the Central Housing and Planning Authority.“And the (APNU/AFC campaign) promise was (that) all these monies would be transferred to the Consolidated Fund,” Edghill had stated. “I am shocked that the CH&PA has $2 billion in an account. Why is this money not coming from Central Government and the Consolidated Fund?”According to Edghill, the Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry, Emil McGarrell, had provided assurances that monies in the CH&PA Fund would be transferred to Ccentral Government’s Consolidated Fund.“If you accuse the PPPC of all of these bad things and violations, I don’t expect the God-fearing, righteous, sincere APNU/AFC Government to be doing this,” Edghill said as he brandished the headlines. “I am judging them by their own standards.“We are happy that GuySuCo is getting money, but we are very concerned about the process that is being used to get this money to GuySuCo. This is criminal behavior,” Edghill had warned.During a post-Cabinet press conference, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, revealed that the cash-strapped GuySuCo would receive the money as payment for its land. This comes after an emergency cabinet meeting had been held earlier this week between GuySuCo officials and the Government.All that Harmon revealed about the source of the cash was that the CH&PA, with assistance from the Finance Ministry, would be making the purchase.