Czech hockey players reach quarter-finals in Vancouver

The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have reached the quarter-finals at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver after a 3:2 victory over Latvia. The Czechs scored two goals in the first period, a feat repeated by the Latvians in the third to force overtime. However, David Krejčí eased Czech nerves with a goal in the sixth minute of overtime to book a place in the last eight. Star forward Jaromír Jágr was taken off less than half way through the game after complaining of neck pain, but is expected to play against Finland in the quarter-final tie. Many Czechs fans will be setting their alarm clocks for that match, which begins at 4 am CET on Thursday.

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  • Czech car production falls by 24 percent in first three quarters

    10/21/2020

    Czech car production declined by 24 percent year-on-year in the first three quarters of 2020, the Automotive Industry Association said on Wednesday. Almost 810,000 vehicles were made between the start of January and the end of September.

    The country’s auto largest manufacturer, Škoda Auto, said its output had fallen by 20 percent in the first three quarters. Hyundai said its plant had produced 30.5 percent fewer vehicles in the same period.

    The industry was hit by the coronavirus crisis in the spring, when a number of car makers were forced to halt production.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • New website makes Czech theatres accessible online

    10/21/2020

    A new website has been launched in the Czech Republic that allows viewers to watch recording of theatre performances via their computers. The system, named Dramox, currently allows subscribers to watch around 40 plays from 30 theatres in different parts of the country.

    Over half of the subscription fee goes to the theatres themselves. Czech theatres are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Weather forecast

    10/21/2020

    It should be overcast in the Czech Republic on Thursday, with an average maximum temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. The cloudy and unusually mild weather should then continue for several days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Head of Czech coronavirus task force Hamáček tests positive for Covid-19

    10/21/2020

    The Czech minister of the interior and head of the Central Crisis Staff, Jan Hamáček, has tested positive for Covid-19. A spokesperson for his party the Social Democrats relayed the news to the Czech News Agency on Wednesday morning. Mr. Hamáček took a test for the coronavirus following a meeting with the minister of agriculture, Miroslav Toman, who himself tested positive on Sunday.

    The spokesperson said other members of the Social Democrats leadership who had come into contact with Mr. Toman on Thursday at the party’s headquarters had tested negative.

    Mr. Hamáček said on Twitter that he was self-isolating but continuing to work, including taking part in government negotiations.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • New Czech record 11,984 Covid cases registered Tuesday

    10/21/2020

    Some 11,984 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, which is a record one-day jump. The total number of active cases in the country now stands at 113,219.

    At present 4,065 people are hospitalised with the coronavirus, with 634 of them in a critical condition. To date 1,619 people have died with the virus, with over half of those deaths coming this month.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Prymula says more measures needed ahead of special cabinet session Wednesday

    10/20/2020

    The Czech cabinet will hold an extraordinary meeting at 8 am on Wednesday to discuss the situation surrounding the coronavirus in the country. The minister of health, Roman Prymula, said on Tuesday that further measures aimed at curbing the rapid spread of Covid-19 would need to be introduced soon. He said current restrictions were not doing enough to reduce contact among the population.

    Mr. Prymula had previously announced that face masks would be required in built-up urban areas, if a distance of two metres cannot be maintained, from Wednesday.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • First statue in Czech Republic of Maria Theresa unveiled in Prague

    10/20/2020

    The first statue in the Czech Republic honouring the Habsburg ruler Maria Theresa was unveiled in the Prague 6 district on Tuesday. The local authority paid CZK 3.6 million for the monument to the Holy Roman Empress, who was sovereign of Bohemia when it was part of the Austrian empire.

    The unveiling was deliberately held on October 20, the day when Maria Theresa assumed the Austrian throne in 1740.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Two charged over Old Town Square protest violence

    10/20/2020

    Two charged over Old Town Square protest violence

    Police have charged two people in connection with a demonstration in central Prague on Sunday that turned violent. The two are accused of disorderly conduct and violence against officials, a police spokesperson said on Tuesday. Some 144 people were detained during the events on the city’s Old Town Square, with 14 suspected of criminal actions.

    Hundreds of ultras from Czech football and ice hockey clubs had gathered to protest against the government’s Covid-19 measures. After the official time limit many of them threw cobblestones and other items at riot police, injuring 25.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Reduced hours at public services leading to long queues

    10/20/2020

    Long queues are currently forming at some public services in the Czech Republic as opening times have been reduced in response to the Covid-19 situation, Czech Television reported. Officials at some agencies have called on the public to weigh up whether they really need to visit them in person. They also recommend that people use on-line reservation systems to book specific times. However, these are frequently full for weeks in advance, Czech Television said.

    On Monday police monitored queues at some agencies, following reports of altercations last week. Video footage suggests some people are not maintaining a two-metre distance while waiting in line.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Weather forecast

    10/20/2020

    It should be overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average maximum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. The cloudy and mild weather should then continue for several days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby