Czech President Miloš Zeman returns to hospital after a positive COVID-19 test

Prague — Czech President Miloš Zeman was returned to the hospital on Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus, his office said.

Zeman, 77, was released for home care on Thursday morning, but an ambulance took him back to the Central Military Hospital (UVN) in the evening after a positive reaction at the president’s hideout in Lanny, western Prague.

Hospitalization means that Zeman will not appoint opposition leader Petrfiara as the planned prime minister on Friday for the time being.

“The president’s program will be suspended until treatment for COVID-19,” his office said in a statement.

Zeman has been vaccinated against the coronavirus three times, and local media quoted an unnamed source saying he had no symptoms.

News site Seznam Zprávy UVN director Miroslav Zavoral, Zeman’s doctor, said the president, who had been visited during his previous hospital stay, had been tested for COVID-19 after “dangerous” contact with Lany employees. rice field.

He said he was taken to the hospital for treatment with monoclonal antibodies.

The president was previously hospitalized on October 10 for complications of a chronic illness that doctors said was a liver condition that his office did not identify.

He was hospitalized the day after the parliamentary elections, and Zeman’s ally, led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, was defeated by the centre-right coalition, weakening the president’s influence over parliament.

Zeman was initially treated in the intensive care unit, and doctors said the prognosis was uncertain. Congress prepared to discuss depriving the president of his duties, but a few weeks later his condition improved.

He respected the election results and said he would appoint center-right leader Fiara as prime minister and later a cabinet on Friday.

The hospital earlier said that despite the hospital’s suggestion that the president should stay, the president decided to continue treatment with the president’s discharge.

The hospital said Zeman, his family, and his closest colleagues were informed of the potential risks and complications and recommended that they be treated in a specialized medical facility.

However, Zeman’s condition has been “significantly improved” and he said he respected his decision to “prioritize fulfilling constitutional obligations.”

Zeman was trying to improve relations between Russia and China before he was hospitalized, but his relations with Moscow spy on a failed investment plan and his relations with Beijing deteriorated.

The next government will strengthen the country’s western orientation and strengthen its relations with democracies, including Taiwan. The Chinese government claims the island as its own, despite the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country and has its own military, democratically elected government, and constitution. ..

Zeman’s second and final five-year term has 15 months left.

By Jan Lopatka and Jason Hovet

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.