Prague will turn red on traffic-light map, says Mayor; distance learning to start next week

A number of preventative coronavirus measures including distance learning at all universities in the Czech capital will take effect next week

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro
Published on 18.09.2020 12:28 (updated on 20.09.2020)

Prague will be marked red on the Czech Health Ministry’s “traffic light” map of Czech regions on Friday, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib tweeted on Friday, indicating the highest level of COVID-19 risk in the country.

A number of preventative coronavirus measures will go into place, including distance learning at all universities starting next week.

“Prague will be red on the traffic light map,” Hřib tweets.

“We agreed with the hygienists that we will introduce distance teaching in all Prague secondary schools and universities within the next week.”

Later, Hřib corrected his first statement to add that it would only be universities that will be closing.

“Correction: In the end, the hygiene office does not agree with the introduction of distance learning in secondary schools. It will only be at universities. But I personally believe that this should be the case.”

Prague chief public health officer Zdeňka Jágrová said on Thursday that 29 schools in Prague were hit by the infection.

Hřib also tweeted that he recommended all employees of the city, its companies and organizations to install the new eRouška 2.0 application, which will warn users of potentially risky encounters with an infected person.

Most of the country is expected to be elevated to green low-risk status, with 11 regions including Prague as orange medium-risk.

The full traffic light map will be revealed later on Friday. The news comes in light of another record-breaking week of coronavirus infections across the country. On Friday, the Czech Republic reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases – the highest total ever, and the first time the country has ever surpassed 3,000 cases.

New restrictions are quickly being enacted to help slow the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Yesterday, Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced that face masks would become mandatory for students in upper grades, from the second year of primary school (grade 6) and up, effective today.

Additionally, the requirement for bars and clubs to close from midnight until 6 a.m., which is currently in force in Prague, will be extended across the country from tonight. Also, all indoor events for more than 10 people during which people stand are prohibited from today.

This is a developing story.