The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has announced new measures for people returning from Italy, ordering every Czech resident who came back from the country starting tomorrow to contact their doctor and self-quarantine for 14 days.
The ministry said that the order has been issued due to the significant spread of the novel coronavirus in Italy and the fact that a majority of people who have tested positive for the virus in the Czech Republic have been infected during their stay in Italy.
“According to our information, there are currently 16,500 Czech citizens in Italy,” the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry has ordered family doctors to quarantine anyone coming back from Italy for 14 days. The statement added that anyone breaching a quarantine can be fined up to 3 million Czech crowns — about $130,000.
It said that people in quarantine are entitled to receive sick pay and urged employers to allow people who are quarantined but not sick to work remotely.