Doctors want fresh surveys on obesity

The Czech health authorities are preparing to conduct a number of fresh surveys regarding the number of overweight and obese people in the Czech population. Doctors say that Czechs generally see obesity as an esthetic problem and pay little attention to the fact that it brings serious health problems. The last surveys conducted in 2008 showed that over 50 percent of Czechs have a weight problem. Thirty percent of those tested were found to be overweight, twenty five percent were obese. This is attributed to a sedentary lifestyle, stress and fast food.

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  • Weather forecast

    10/28/2020

    Thursday should be cloudy to overcast with rain and day temperatures between 9 and 13 degrees Celsius.

  • PM tells Czechs: We will come out of this test stronger

    10/28/2020

    Speaking on the 102nd anniversary of the country’s founding, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš called on Czechs to pull together to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, saying the country would come out of the test stronger and return to its former economic successes.

    Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib reminded Czechs that the country had overcome many crisis in the past and would do so again with solidarity and discipline.

    He said the dedication of the country’s doctors, nurses and emergency crews should serve as an inspiration in these difficult times.

  • Culture Ministry hands out state awards in the arts sphere

    10/28/2020

    The Czech Ministry of Culture traditionally handed out awards in the arts and culture sphere on the occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day.

    Due to the coronavirus restrictions the names of the laureates were announced online.

    Michal Ajvaz received the Prize for Literature, Blanka Stárková for Translation.

    The late Czech-born film director Miloš Forman received an award for lifelong contribution to cinematography in memoriam.

    The list of 2020 laureates also includes Jiří Tichota from the folk spiritual quintet and former artistic director, now artistic advisor of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Eva Zaoralová.

    The names of the eight winners can be found on the ministry‘s website.

  • Several hundred people protest against coronavirus restrictions

    10/28/2020

    Several hundred people took to the streets of Prague to protest against government measures aimed at bringing the coronavirus epidemic under control on Wednesday.

    The biggest protest took place on Prague's Namesti republiky square where police officers and the anti-riot squad intervened to enforce the government-imposed health restrictions by forming a barrier to keep large groups of protesters apart.

    Current government measures against the spread of Covid-19 allow demonstrations with a maximum of 100 participants.

    The speakers addressing the crowd accused the government of enforcing measures that did not work but impoverished the nation.

  • Independence Day celebrations low-key

    10/28/2020

    Celebrations of Czechoslovak Independence Day are low-key this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

    The traditional award-giving ceremony at Prague Castle has been cancelled as has the ceremony at Vitkov Hill at which the country’s top officials, war veterans and church dignitaries lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    The country’s top officials and political leaders are visiting Vitkov Hill individually to lay wreaths and flowers at the memorial.

    Prague Castle will release a list of those who have been awarded high state distinctions on the occasion of the public holiday and President Miloš Zeman will address the nation on national television.

    Planned cultural events have had to go online and Czech Television is featuring a series of special programs to mark the 102  anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s founding.

  • Number of newly registered Covid-19 cases hits new high

    10/28/2020

    The number of newly registered Covid-19 cases reached 15,663 on Tuesday, an increase by 400 on last weeks record.

    The number of people hospitalized and those in a serious condition continues to grow steeply, as does the death toll.

    170,000 people are currently fighting the infection, over 6,000 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, of which close to 900 are in a serious condition. The death toll has reached 2,547.

  • Night curfew and ban on Sunday sales now in force

    10/28/2020

    Strict new measures aimed at bringing the coronavirus epidemic under control came into force on Wednesday, October 28.

    The government has enforced a night curfew between 9pm and 5am, employers have been asked to employ home office wherever possible, food and other stores selling essential goods, which still remain open, have to be closed on Sundays and will have to close their doors by 8pm on weekdays.

    People are being encouraged to shop twice a week instead of going out daily and minimize their contacts with others as much as possible.

    In an interview for Czech Radio, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said the authorities were running out of possible measures to bring the epidemic under control and did not rule out a complete lockdown if the present measures fail to be effective.

    He said that at the present time the government was still divided on a complete lockdown.

  • Centre-right opposition parties sign alliance memorandum for 2021 elections

    10/27/2020

    The leaders of the Civic Democrats, Christian Democrats and the TOP 09 party met at the statue of former president T.G. Masaryk on Tuesday morning to sign a memorandum on forming an alliance for next year’s 2021 elections into the Chamber of Deputies.


    A similar coalition is currently being negotiated between the opposition Pirate Party and the Mayors and Independents.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • Jan Blatný to become new health minister on Thursday

    10/27/2020

    The Deputy Director of the Faculty Hospital in Brno Jan Blatný, will succeed Roman Prymula as Czech health minister. The official inauguration will take place on Thursday mid-day, President Miloš Zeman's spokesman Jiří Ovčáček announced after Mr. Blatný met with President Miloš Zeman in the latter's Lány residence on Tuesday afternoon.


    News site iDnes.cz broke the story on Monday that Mr. Blatný was the proposed replacement for Mr. Prymula, citing a source familiar with the ongoing negotiations. However, Mr. Blatný can only assume office once he is approved by the president.


    Jan Blatný is a pediatrician and hematologist. He has previously served as the Chief Physician at the Faculty Hospital in Brno and lectures at the Medical Faculty of the Masaryk University in Brno. He faced controversy during the spring first wave of the coronavirus pandemic from the NGO League of Human Rights, because he did not allow the parents of coronavirus infected children visits.


    The current health minister, Roman Prymula, is set to leave office after being dismissed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš for breaking the government’s coronavirus measures. He was caught visiting a Prague restaurant last Wednesday.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • Weather

    10/27/2020

    Wednesday is set to be cloudy, with temperatures around 11 degrees Celsius. No rainfall is expected.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe