Court clears former prime minister’s chief of staff of spying on PM’s wife
A court has cleared the former head of office of ex-prime minister Petr Nečas of abusing her public position by ordering the army’s intelligence service to spy and keep track of Radka Nečasová, the prime minister’s then wife. Jana Nečasová, formerly Nagyová, was romantically linked to the prime minister and later became his wife. Charges against three co-defendants from the military espionage service were dismissed. The case brought down the centre-right government of Petr Nečas when it exploded in June 2013. The state prosecutor, who demanded a three-and-a-half jail sentence for Nečasová and similar penalties for the other defendants, said an appeal would be lodged against the verdict. Nečasová afterwards said the charges had been totally fabricated with the aim of discrediting her and Petr Nečas.
Czechia registers highest Sunday increase in Covid-19 since epidemic started10/26/2020
The Czech Republic registered 7,301 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday; the highest Sunday increase since the epidemic started in March.
Over 158,000 people are currently fighting the infection.
Over 5,300 people have been hospitalized, a fifty percent increase on last week and 800 of them are in a serious condition.
The number of deaths coronavirus-related deaths in the Czech Republic has doubled in the past two weeks, and now stands at over 2,000.
Figures for the past week place the Czech Republic second in the world, after Andorra, in the number of corona-related deaths per capita.
Czechs warned to expect further tightening of coronavirus measures10/26/2020
Czechs have been warned to expect a further tightening of coronavirus measures this week if the steep increase in cases continues.
In a video address released on Youtube on Sunday the prime minister said the current figures were “catastrophic” and begged people to start taking the epidemic seriously.
He said that in view of the growing number of infected elderly people and the rising death toll it was almost certain that further measures would have to be taken soon.
According to Health Minister Roman Prymula, who is expected to resign after being hit by scandal, the decisive data will be that released on Tuesday morning and he or his successor will have to take respective action.
He hinted that employers might be ordered to introduce home office and only essential infrastructure workers would be allowed to go to work.
PM: only a miracle could avert the introduction of tighter measures10/25/2020
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has called on Czechs to pull together in order to avoid a disastrous coronavirus scenario in the country.
In a video address released on Youtube the prime minister said the current figures were “catastrophic” and only a miracle could avert the introduction of stricter measures against the coronavirus.
He said that in view of the growing number of infected elderly people and the rising death toll it was almost certain that further measures would have to be taken in the coming days.
The prime minister said the health ministry would have to trace and test people faster, but noted that no government could win the battle against the coronavirus without public support, solidarity and cooperation.
“I can make no promises, since I have no idea how this pandemic will evolve, the only light at the end of the tunnel is a vaccine,” Mr. Babiš concluded.
Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with day temperatures between 9 and 13 degrees Celsius.
Letnany field hospital ready to take in patients10/25/2020
The army has finished work on a field hospital in Letnany on the outskirts of Prague.
The field hospital, with a capacity of 500 beds, was designed to treat less acute cases and patients on their way to recovery so that other hospitals can focus on serious cases of Covid infection and essential care.
According to Health Minister Roman Prymula the hospital will start taking in patients when hospitals around the country reach their capacity limit, which is likely to happen around November 10.
Health minister: coronavirus measures may have to be tightened early next week10/25/2020
Heath Minister Roman Prymula has warned that if the number of infected continues to grow at the start of next week, indicating that the current measures are not working, it will be essential to take the restrictions further.
Speaking on Czech Television, Mr. Prymula said that the decisive data would be that released on Tuesday morning and he or his successor would have to take respective action.
He said one possibility was to order employers to put staff on home office, since many people were still going to work daily, compared to the situation in the spring when employers introduced home office of their own volition.
Health minister says he is ready to resign as soon as successor is found10/25/2020
Health Minister Roman Prymula says he is ready to resign as soon as there is a successor for the post.
Speaking on Czech Television, Mr. Prymula said he felt he had done no wrong in attending a private meeting in a closed restaurant, but did not want the affair to be misused by those denying the severity of the epidemic.
He said he would offer his successor whatever assistance was needed and wanted to remain part of the team fighting the virus.
He denied having any political ambitions and said the coronavirus epidemic in the Czech Republic had become a political issue ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections.
Euro: company owned by health minister’s daughter received subsidy for sanitizers10/25/2020
The Medimun company, which is controlled by the daughter of Health Minister Roman Prymula, received a subsidy of more than 650,000 crowns from the Business and Innovation for Competitiveness Operational Program in August this year, according to the Euro.cz news site .
The money was reportedly intended to buy technology for the production of sanitizers.
Euro.cz writes that up until that time the company suffered losses and showed little activity.
Neither the health minister nor his daughter have commented on the matter.
Coronavirus numbers hit new weekend record10/25/2020
The Czech Republic registered 12,472 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, a record weekend figure.
154,000 people are currently fighting the infection, and the death toll now stands at 2077.
Over 5,300 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, 772 of them in a serious condition.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis has called on the nation to pull together to overcome the crisis, adding that the state of emergency which was put in place for a month will have to be extended due to the severity of the epidemic.
He called on employers to allow home office wherever possible.
Czech coronavirus death toll in past week second highest in the world10/25/2020
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the Czech Republic has doubled in the past two weeks, according to Czech Health Ministry data.
While on October 10 the country registered 1014 deaths per 100,000 people on March 24 it was 2047.
Figures for the past week place the Czech Republic second in the world, after Andorra, in the number of corona-related deaths per capita, the New York Times writes.
The number of overall deaths since the start of the pandemic in March rank the Czech Republic 46th in the number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.