PRAGUE, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic issued a new measure on Friday, asking residents back from Italy to report to their doctors upon arrival and then undergo a two-week home quarantine.
The new measure, to be taken into effect on Saturday, is due to the spread of coronavirus in Italy and the fact that most of the confirmed cases in the Czech Republic were infected during their stay in Italy, said the ministry.
The new measure is mandatory and those violating the quarantine may be fined up to 3 million crowns (130,000 U.S. dollars), according to the ministry.
There are about 16,500 Czechs in Italy now, according to data provided by the ministry. Most of them went to Italy for the ski season.
The ministry also asked employers to adopt a positive attitude to their staff and to agree with them on the job from home.
The Czech Republic has 19 cases of confirmed novel coronavirus as of Friday night.