The new Czech government will allow some workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to stay on the job, in an extraordinary measure to alleviate possible staff shortages caused by an anticipated increase in the Omicron variant.
Health Minister Vlastimil Valek said on Friday the measure, which has also been used in previous coronavirus outbreaks, would only apply to healthcare and nursing home workers who show no symptoms. of COVID-19.
Valek said it would only be used when absolutely necessary, under strict safeguards to prevent those workers from infecting others. Other conditions will be set by the health authorities.
New infections in the Czech Republic were down from a record high in late November, but started to rise again last week. The highly contagious variant of Omicron is now dominant in the country.
The Department of Health said daily infections could reach 50,000 later this month, far surpassing the record of nearly 28,000 on November 25.
The Czech Republic has reported nearly 2.6 million confirmed infections and 36,799 deaths.