To keep working, critical health staff in Czech history who tested positive for COVID-19 are continuing to keep their work
PRAGUE, January 14 (Reuters) - The Czech government will allow asymptomatic essential healthcare workers and social service personnel to keep working, according to the health ministry.
The new regulations were less ambitious than previously stated by the government, which had stated that it was drafting a larger list of critical personnel including emergency services, police, and energy industry personnel who might be included in the scheme.
The Czech Republic's latest announcement is to ease restrictions in Europe, where countries are looking for ways to keep their services running as the highly-contagious Omicron variant pushes COVID-19 cases higher.
Health Minister Vlastimil Valek told reporters that the government intends to manage the wave of Omicron infections, which has already raised new daily cases to over 10,000.
According to the president, those who keep work will be allowed to go from home to the workplace and back. They will wear face masks and eat in separate rooms, according to the president. he expects a few hundred workers to qualify under the new regulations, to be applied only when the situation was met.
"The measures will be taken in a way to ensure there is no risk of infecting the working group," he said.
The government has already ordered tests at schools, so workers will have to test twice a week from Monday.
Valek predicts that the daily case number will grow to 20,000 early next week and possibly 50,000 at the end of the week.
According to Health Ministry statistics, number of people in hospitals with COVID-19 has dropped to 1,912.
Valek reiterated that the government's mission was to slow the passing-through of Omicron through the population and avoid swamping hospitals.