Czech gov't orders testing of public sector employees

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The Czech government on Friday ordered blanket testing of public sector employees, according to a report by Czech Radio.

The measure applies to departments with 50 or more people. The testing, which has to be done at least once a week, will get underway next Wednesday (March 10). The government has also called students of some secondary schools and universities to help in hospitals around the country.

The mandatory work duty concerns mainly students in selected years of secondary nursing schools and medical faculties, Czech Radio said.

In a separate report, it said that people quarantined due to COVID-19 will receive a bonus of up to CZK 370 (EUR 14) a day, as draft legislation was signed into law by President Miloš Zeman on Friday. The new bonus is to complement sickness benefits and will be paid out to people who have been ordered to quarantine for 14 days. The total sum should not exceed 90% of their average earnings. 

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