• 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.

  • 09/25/2021

    Sunday should be bright and sunny around the country with day temperatures between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/25/2021

    Over one hundred young people took part in a demonstration on Prague’s Malostranské náměstí on Friday to protest against what they say is insufficient government action to combat climate change. The demonstration took place within the international Fridays for Future Movement against climate change.

    According to a September survey 80 percent of young Czechs consider climate change to be a very serious problem and two thirds of respondents said the Czech Republic should reduce carbon dioxide emissions regardless of the policy of other states.

  • 09/25/2021

    Czech laboratories registered 502 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, 64 more than on the same day last week, according to data released by the Health Ministry. Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized with Covid has dropped by ten to 169, of whom 27 are in a serious condition. The reproduction number is at 1.01.

    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. The health authorities are concerned about the fact that interest in vaccination is waning.

  • 09/25/2021

    The Czech Republic and Poland are reported to have made “significant progress” toward resolving a dispute over the Turow lignite mine during talks on Friday. Czech Environment Minister Richard Brabec said there were indications that the dispute could be resolved out of court, although he said nothing was certain until all the details had been settled. “We made significant progress in some sticking points and we believe that after further talks there will be more progress,” Brabec said at a press briefing on Friday.

    The controversy has soured Czech-Polish relations after Prague took the dispute to Europe’s top court and Poland was ordered to pay a 500,000-euro daily penalty to the European Commission for refusing to halt operations at Turow until a verdict had been passed. The Turow mine was recently expanded further towards the Czech border and the Czech authorities are concerned about loss of ground water and pollution.

    Minister Richard Brabec said that he expected to meet his Polish counterpart, Michal Kurtyka, next week and after that expert teams would work to finalize the details of an emerging agreement.

  • 09/24/2021

    The football club Sparta Prague must pay a fine of 75,000 crowns for racist actions by its fans during a match against Viktoria Pilsen on September 11.

    A referee interrupted the Sparta-Pilsen game for several minutes at the start of the second half due to racist abuse from Sparta fans against Colombian-born midfielder Jhon Mosquera.

    The Pilsen club was fined 30,000 crowns for the use of pyrotechnics in the stadium and inappropriate behaviour of some spectators.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    Saturday should see clear skies and average daytime highs of around 23 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/24/2021

    Czech and Polish government representatives are meeting in Prague on Friday to discuss the future of a Polish coal mine near the shared border. Czech authorities want to halt the expansion of the Turów mine, citing concerns about the impact on water and air quality, among other things.

    On Monday, the Court of Justice of the European Union fined Poland 500,000 euros for each day it continues to disobey a previous court order, stemming from a Czech law suit, suspending mining operations at the Turów site.

    The Polish government and mine operator have said they do not intend to close the mine, as doing so would endanger the country’s energy security and lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused the Czech Republic of acting “absolutely without good will” in resolving the dispute and in protest cancelled a trip on Thursday to the Budapest Demographic Summit, which his Czech counterpart, Andrej Babiš, was attending.

    Polish media had reported earlier that the country’s negotiators were also considering cancelling Friday’s trip to Prague.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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