• 10/22/2021

    The Czech Republic registered 3,638 new cases of Covid 19 on Thursday, over 2,000 more than on the same day a week ago. It is the highest daily increase since the end of April.

    The number of people hospitalized with Covid has also grown by around 70, and is now at 771. Some 119 of the patients are in serious condition. Fiftey-eight people died over the past seven days, twice as many as for the whole month of August.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/22/2021

    Over 7,000 homes are still without power due to the gale-force winds that hit the Czech Republic on Thursday. A spokesperson for the state-controlled utility ČEZ said the majority of affected households are located in Central Bohemia.

    The highest wind speed recorded was registered on the Sněžka Mountain, where it reached 151 kilometres per hour.

    Firefighters on Thursday responded to around 3,500 calls and have been working around the clock to clear roads and railway lines from fallen trees. A number of rail links were still not operating on Friday morning.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    The head of the Office of the President, Vratislav Mynář, has objected to allegations that he or anyone else manipulated or forged the President Miloš Zeman's signature on a document convening the new Chamber of Deputies in early November.

    At a press briefing on Thursday, Mr Mynář presented video footage showing the president signing the document in question in the presence of the chairman of the lower house, Radek Vondráček. He also said he was ready to cooperate with the police.

    As regards informing about the president’s state of health, Mr Mynář said the office has proceeded in line with relevant legislation.

    He also announced that the traditional awarding of state honours on 28 October will be postponed to a later date unless the head of state decides otherwise.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    China has expressed anger over the planned visit of a Taiwanese delegation of government officials and business people to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania, the Reuters agency wrote on Thursday. The 65-member group, led by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, will visit the three countries between October 20 and 30 to promote trade ties and investment.

    During his visit to the Czech capital, the Taiwanese foreign minister is due to meet with Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib and with the chairman of the Czech Senate, Miloš Vystrčil, who headed a Czech delegation to Taiwan last year. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Lithuania have all donated COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan and have shown interest in deepening relations with the country despite opposition from China.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    Over 260,000 homes, predominantly in Central Bohemia, have been left without power due to gale-force winds that have been battering the Czech Republic since Thursday morning with a force of up to 120 kilometres an hour.

    Firefighters and emergency crews have been working around the clock to clear roads and railway lines from fallen trees. A number of rail links have had to be scrapped.

    In Prague, tram service has been distrupted and the Václav Havel Airport was forced to temporarily suspended operation. A high wind warning remains in place throughout the day. Several injuries have so far been reported.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    Friday will be partly cloudy with occasional rain showers and day temperatures ranging between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    The Office of the President has cancelled the traditional meeting of the president with foreign diplomats working in the Czech Republic due to Miloš Zeman’s poor state of health, the castle's protocol officer Vladimír Kruliš told Czech Radio on Thursday.

    The event is traditionally held at Prague Castle on the eve of October 28, Czechoslovak Independence Day, when state honours are awarded by the head of state. Last year, the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    Temperature records were broken all over the country on Wednesday, with 75 monitoring stations recording the highest ever measurements for the day.

    The highest temperatures – 25.3 degrees Celsius – was recorded in the South Bohemian town of České Budějovice. According to weather experts, temperatures are expected to drop in the coming days.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    Fifty years after its debut, the legendary Czech experimental theatre revolution, Laterna Magika, is due to return to the Expo exhibition next week with a show called Robot Radius.

    The production, created for the New Stage of the National Theatre, is based on Karel Čapek's play Rossum’s Universal Robots and premiered in Prague in September this year.

    The revolutionary concept of Laterna Magika, which combines black light theatre, film and dance, first appeared at the Expo 1958 exhibition in Brussels has since performed all around the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Summer Olympics in Athens.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 10/21/2021

    The author of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, will be reading excerpts from his children’s book Wild Symphony at Prague’s Municipal House on Thursday.

    The reading will be accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performing Brown’s composition of the same name, with illustrations projected on a big screen.

    Brown's novels have sold over 200 million copies and have been translated into 60 languages. Several of them have been adapted into blockbuster films. In 2005, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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