According to the newspaper Hospodarske noviny, the Czech authorities are introducing the mandatory wearing of two medical masks in public places at once. This rule will apply to those citizens who, for some reason, cannot afford respirators with a protection degree of at least FFP2.
The requirement will take effect from Monday, February 22nd. It is associated with a worsening epidemiological situation due to the spread of the “British” strain of coronavirus in the Czech Republic.
According to the latest data, there are more than 1.1 million people infected with COVID-19 in the country.
Earlier it was reported that the Czech government, at the request of the regional authorities, extended the coronavirus emergency until February 28.
Until the end of the emergency regime, entry and exit from the most disadvantaged areas of the country will be prohibited, including the cities of Cheb and Sokolov in the west of the Czech Republic, as well as the city of Trutnov in the east of the country.
Austrian citizens began wearing FFP2 high-protection respirators rather than conventional medical masks in January.
According to the head of the country’s Ministry of Health, a respirator is a more reliable means of personal protection. The price of a respirator in Austria is about one euro.