• 11/29/2020

    School system to go to level three from December 7

    The Ministry of Education says that the country’s schools will move to the provisions outlined for level three on the government’s colour-coded system of coronavirus measures from Monday December 7, several days after that change comes into effect for other areas.

    Students at secondary schools, conservatories and higher vocational schools will alternate in-person lessons with online ones on a weekly basis. First year students will also be allowed to return to universities, provided they are in groups of 20 or fewer.

    Face masks will be required at all times, except at special needs schools and kindergartens. PE teaching and music lessons will not take place, except where they are main fields of study.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/29/2020

    The minister of health, Jan Blatný, says he does not expect the Czech Republic to ease Covid-19 restrictions further before the end of 2020. On Sunday he announced that the country was going from level four to three on the government’s colour-coded system of coronavirus measures, which is tied to a score incorporating several factors.

    All of the measures incorporated in the national system are conditional on a state of emergency being in place and Mr. Blatný said the government would ask the lower house to extend the current one beyond December 12, when it is due to expire.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/29/2020

    The Czech Republic will ease restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 from this coming Thursday, the minister of health, Jan Blatný, said on Sunday morning. At a special meeting ministers decided to take the country from level four to level three on the government’s colour-coded PES system of coronavirus measures, after a week in which the national “score” placed the country in the level three range.

    The news means that shops, restaurants and services can reopen, albeit with some restrictions. Restaurants and bars will be allowed to open until 10 pm and to occupy half of their total capacity. No more than four people will be allowed at a table, deputy PM Karel Havlíček said; getting a drink while standing will not be permitted.

    In addition a night-time curfew will come to an end and shops will again be allowed to reopen on Sundays. Gatherings of 50 may take place outside, while indoors the maximum is 10.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/29/2020

    It should be largely overcast in the Czech Republic on Monday, with an average temperature of 1 degree Celsius. Similarly grey weather is expected on the following days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/29/2020

    Advent has begun in the Czech Republic, as in other countries with Christian traditions, in different circumstances than in previous years. Arts events accompanying the pre-Christmas period have been moved online in view of the Covid-19 situation and traditional markets are not taking place. A number of cities and towns have already lit up their municipal Christmas trees, without the presence of spectators.

    As is traditional on the first Sunday of Advent many Czechs are lighting the first candles on the traditional wreathes prepared for the period, which culminates on December 24, when they celebrate Christmas.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/29/2020

    Planned tests of all of the Czech Republic’s teachers should indicate the degree of infection in the population as a whole, says the head of the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 laboratory group, Marián Hajdúch. From Friday free antigen tests will be carried out on the country’s roughly 200,000 teachers and carers in children’s homes. Such tests will also be offered to the general population a fortnight later.

    Those who test positive will then be given a PCR test to confirm the infection and Dr. Hajdúch, who works at the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine at Palacký University in Olomouc, told Czech Radio that this would help establish the effectiveness of the different tests.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/29/2020

    Some 2,667 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Saturday, according to official Ministry of Health data. That was the lowest figure seen for the first day of the weekend, when fewer tests are usually carried out, since Saturday October 3. At present there are 68,268 recorded active coronavirus cases.

    To date nearly 519,000 people in the Czech Republic (population 10.7 million) are known to have contracted the virus, over 183,500 cases coming since the start of last month.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/28/2020

    It should be overcast in the Czech Republic on Sunday, with an average temperature of 2 degrees Celsius. Similar weather is expected on the following days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/28/2020

    The number of confirmed deaths with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic has now passed the 8,000 mark. According to the latest Ministry of Health figures, released on Saturday afternoon 8,003 people with the virus are now known to have died.

    The 7,000 mark was reached a week earlier, reflecting a rapid acceleration in fatalities in recent weeks.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/28/2020

    Police raided a night club that was operating despite a ban under Covid-19 restrictions in Prague on Friday night. There were 119 young people at the city centre venue, the vast majority of them foreigners, Blesk.cz reported. Police had to use special equipment to force their way into the premises after the operator refused to respond to calls to open up.

    On Friday a pub in the Prague district of Kunratice opened its doors in contravention of coronavirus measures. The owner said this was an expression of disagreement with those restrictions.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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