Originally, according to the ministers, the work quarantine was to apply to employees in transport, energy, water management or funeral services. In the end, however, it shrunk to only two for professional areas, health and social services.

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There is a risk of insulation

And how will it work in practice? If a worker in the industry passes a positive antigen test, the employer will be able to keep him at work if he wears a respirator and does not have covid symptoms. However, if the infection is confirmed by a PCR test, it must go into isolation as well. The quarantine conditions are then to be determined by the regional hygienic stations.

5 free tests

The government has also approved that anyone who has started vaccinations or has already completed vaccination can take advantage of five PCR tests a month paid for by the health insurance company. War he also confirmed that all employees would have to test twice a week or once every three to five days from Monday.

Change at school

But it will be different in schools. “From January 17, we are adjusting the system in schools, switching to a system of one antigen test, and a positive PCR test in case of positive findings,” said the head of the Ministry of Health Vlastimil Válek (61, TOP 09) yesterday.


When to quarantine at work?

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  • I have a positive antigen test: I have to go to quarantine for at least 5 days. If I go to PCR and it’s negative, I can end the quarantine sooner.
  • I have a positive PCR test: I don’t go to work at all and if the PCR confirms the previous positive antigen test, I have isolation.
  • A colleague has a positive antigen test: I’m waiting to see if the infection will be confirmed by a PCR test. If I was in contact with him, my hygiene will contact me and send me for PCR.
  • A colleague has a positive PCR test: if a colleague “dusted” me with hygiene, she will contact me and send me for a PCR test.

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