• 09/26/2021

    Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain and day temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/26/2021

    Czech online retailers are struggling with a shortage of cardboard boxes and paper packaging and a significant increase in prices, Novinky.cz reported. The prices of carton and other packaging has risen globally by about 50 percent this year as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Retailers say the shortage is proving to be a problem which sometimes causes delays in deliveries, but they say it should not affect the cost of pre-Christmas shipments.

  • 09/26/2021

    Antigen and PCR tests for coronavirus will continue to be covered by health insurance throughout October and possibly for longer, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch told Czech Radio on Sunday.

    He said that in view of the possibility of a fourth wave of the pandemic hitting the country in the autumn it was important to monitor the spread of the infection as closely as possible.

    People will be entitled to four antigen and two PCR tests per month for free. The cost to health insurance companies has been estimated at about two billion crowns a month.

  • 09/26/2021

    The prime minister’s ANO party is losing its edge over political rivals a fortnight ahead of general elections, according to the results of a Kantar poll commissioned by Czech Television.

    The poll, conducted in September, shows the ANO party winning 24.5 percent of the vote, with the SPOLU election alliance of Civic Democrats, Christian Democrats and TOP 09 a close second with 23 percent. The Pirate Party and Mayors and Independents would place third with 20 percent of the vote. The only two other political parties which would cross the 5 percent threshold needed to win seats in the lower house are the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party with 11.5 percent and the Communist Party with 5 percent.

  • 09/26/2021

    Laboratories in the Czech Republic registered 409 new cases of Covid 19 on Saturday, which is 100 more than on the same day last week. The reproduction number is now at 1.05.

    There are on average 29 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but the number differs significantly from one region to the next. Prague has the highest number of infected with 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants this week.

  • 09/26/2021

    The government has launched a new campaign in the media to counter disinformation about Covid vaccines and persuade more people, particularly seniors, to get the jab. The campaign uses influencers and celebrities to reach its target audience.

    Interest in getting a vaccine has dropped significantly in the past few weeks, with many people believing that the threat is over.

    While at the end of May vaccination centres were inoculating over 100,000 people daily, today it is barely 30,000, most of which are second jabs. Only around 5.5 million people are fully vaccinated in the 10 million strong Czech Republic.

  • 09/26/2021

    The acclaimed British film Romeo and Juliet, directed by Simon Godwin, picked up the main prize at the Golden Prague film festival which closed with a gala ceremony at the National Theatre on Saturday. The production of William Shakespeare's classic was created solely for the screen and was shot on a single stage, over 17 days, during the global pandemic. The film won in competition with more than 90 works from 17 countries.

  • 09/25/2021

    Travel to the Czech Republic from France, Spain, the Netherlands and Monaco, will be easier as of Monday when these countries will turn orange on the Health Ministry’s travel map.

    Passengers from orange states who are not fully vaccinated must fill in an arrival form and be tested before entering the Czech Republic or undergo an antigen or PCR test no later than five days after arrival.

    Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Germany, Norway, Austria, Romania, Greece, San Marino and Switzerland will remain in the red, high-risk category, meaning that travellers who are not fully vaccinated will have to undergo a PCR test no earlier than the fifth, but no later than the 14th day after arrival and self-isolate until then.

    The map is updated every week based on data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

  • 09/25/2021

    The government is due to debate a further loosening of coronavirus measures for school-goers, the ctk news agency reported.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš indicated in a pre-election debate on Friday that a loosening of measures is in the pipeline. According to the news site Seznam.cz schoolchildren on group visits to zoos, botanical gardens, galleries, castles, fairs, concerts, theatres or sports events will not have to undergo testing.

  • 09/25/2021

    Some foreign students in the Czech Republic are repeatedly vaccinated against Covid-19 because the vaccines from their home country are not recognized by the Czech authorities, the rector of Mendel University said in a press release. Rector Danuše Nerudová said that in order to be given accommodation in student dormitories foreign students must have a vaccination certificate or undergo weekly tests, which are expensive. Although many have been vaccinated by the same vaccines as used in the Czech Republic, the Czech authorities do not recognize certificates from their home country and so many simply undergo inoculation again, getting as many as four vaccines overall.

    Rector Nerudova criticized what she called the absurd stand of the Czech authorities, and called for the problem to be addressed. She said about a hundred foreign students from Ghana, Zambia or Georgia faced this problem. There are currently about 1,600 foreign students at Mendel University in Brno. The Ministry of Health has published a list of countries from which it recognizes vaccination certificates.

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