• 01/20/2021

    Thursday should be partly cloudy to overcast with day temperatures between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius.

  • 01/20/2021

    The leader of the Communist Party Vojtěch Filip has said the party would very likely support the extension of the state of emergency by another 30 days as proposed by the government.

    Following a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Wednesday, Mr. Filip said the state of emergency should remain in place for as long as the army was needed to help out in hospitals and care homes.

    Support from the Communist is crucial for the government to win approval for its proposal. The two officials also discussed the possibility of the Czech Republic buying Russian and Chinese vaccines against Covid-19.

  • 01/20/2021

    The lower house of Parliament has approved a bill setting mandatory quotas on the sale of a certain amount of domestic agricultural products sold in stores over the size of 400 square metres.

    As of next year shops over that size will have to offer 55 percent of domestic products in selected categories, such as meat and vegetables. By 2028 the minimum quota should grow to 73 percent. this does not concern stores of under 400 square metres or select goods stores.

    Eight countries of the European Union have expressed reservations about the quotas saying they  will discriminate against EU imported goods, which is unacceptable in the single market.

  • 01/20/2021

    Health Minister Jan Blatný has sacked his deputy, Alena Šteflová, for unethical conduct after it emerged that she and her husband had undergone vaccination against Covid-19 at the State Institute of Public Health, although neither fulfilled the conditions for priority vaccination.

    The director of the institute himself resigned last week upon the revelation that the institute had distributed a thousand vaccines among its employees and their relatives. Health Minister Blatný denounced the practice as totally unacceptable.

  • 01/20/2021

    President Miloš Zeman will undergo vaccination against Covid-19 at Prague’s Military Hospital on Wednesday, the Office of the President said on its web page. The president will remain in hospital for at least 24 hours in order to undergo a series of preventive medical check-ups, Prague Castle reported.

    President Zeman, who is 76, suffers from a nerve condition in his feet that makes walking difficult. He last underwent surgery in 2020 after breaking his arm.

  • 01/20/2021

    The Czech Republic’s Covid-19 risk index rose from 70 to 73 points out of 100 on Wednesday morning, and is just three points away from the highest, fifth level on the counter-epidemic scale PES.

    The reproduction number also saw a slight growth to 0.8.

    The number of newly-registered cases on Wednesday reached 9,558.

    Restrictions corresponding to level-five remain in place, although the government allowed shops selling stationary goods and children’s clothing to reopen on Tuesday.

  • 01/20/2021

    Germany is likely to put the Czech Republic on a list of high-risk coronavirus states as of Thursday, the ctk news agency reported, citing the Czech ambassador to Germany, Tomáš Kafka.

    Ambassador Kafka said that Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš had discussed the matter by phone and come to an agreement that, should this happen, it would not affect cross-border workers between the two countries. However it would mean that Czech citizens travelling to Germany would have to produce a negative test on the border, whereas now they can undergo a test on German soil.

    The new category of “high risk“ states, which Germany introduced a week ago, are states with dangerous new mutations of the coronavirus or over 200 new cases of the virus per 100,000 inhabitants detected in the course of a week.

  • 01/19/2021

    The chairman of the TOP 09 group in the lower house, Miroslav Kalousek, announced on Tuesday that he is vacating his deputy’s seat in Parliament.

    He had previously announced that he did not intend to run in the 2021 general elections and said he wanted to vacate his seat for someone who would make good use of it in the upcoming election campaign.

    Miroslav Kalousek has been in high politics for 22 years, serving as a former finance minister and the leader of TOP 09. He received a standing ovation from colleagues across the political spectrum.

  • 01/19/2021

    Count Zdeněk Sternberg, a member of one of the oldest noble families in the land, has died at the age of 97.

    Zdeněk Sternberg was born in 1923 in Prague. He studied law at Charles University but was persecuted by the Communist regime after 1948 and was not allowed to graduate from law school.

    Instead of regular military service he had to serve in the Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP). He worked as a miner in coal mines in Ostrava and later as a stagehand in the Music Theatre in Prague-Karlín.

    In 1968 he emigrated with his family and lived in Austria for twenty-one years. After 1989 he returned to his homeland and the castle Český Šterberk was returned to him in the restitution process.

  • 01/19/2021

    Wednesday should be partly cloudy to overcast with morning fog in places and day temperatures between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius.