• 06/14/2021

    School children will no longer be required to wear face masks in classrooms in any of the Czech Republic’s regions from Tuesday, ministers said after a cabinet meeting. Such a requirement had still been in place in the Zlín, South Bohemian and Liberec regions after being dropped elsewhere a week ago.

    In other easing of Covid restrictions, up to 5,000 people will be able to attend outdoor arts events from next month; the figure for indoor events will be 2,000. Live music will be allowed in restaurants and clubs but dancing will be still be prohibited.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/14/2021

    The Czech Republic have won their opening game at the European Football Championship, beating Scotland 2:0 at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Both of the Czechs’ goals came from striker Patrik Schick, with the second a spectacular long-range effort from just past the half-way line. Among the visitors’ other key performers was goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík.

    The Czech Republic’s next game in the competition is against Croatia on Friday, while they play England in their final game next Tuesday.

  • 06/14/2021

    The Czech ombudsman, Stanislav Křeček, says the country’s Water Act is inadequate when it comes to reporting and rectifying environmental disasters. He made the comment in connection with the severe pollution of a long stretch of the Bečva River in Moravia last September. No arrests have been made over the illegal dumping of waste which caused great damage to a 40-kilometre stretch of the waterway.

    Mr. Křeček said ambiguities in the law led to some authorities not receiving information on the disaster on time. He said he welcomed a draft amendment to the legislation under which the fire service should be informed first in such cases.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/14/2021

    The number of people permitted at outdoor arts events in the Czech Republic should rise to 5,000 from the start of July, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said in a weekly video address posted on social media. The number allowed at indoor culture events will rise to 2,000, under certain conditions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.

    At present 2,000 people may attend open air events while the limit for indoor ones is 1,000. Inside venues may not be more than half full.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/14/2021

    Following her sensational women’s singles win at tennis’s French Open, Barbora Krejčíková has climbed to 15 in the world rankings. It is the 25-year-old’s highest ever career placing. She is now the third highest ranked Czech, behind Karolína Plíšková and Petra Kvitová.

    The Czech also won the doubles title at Roland Garros with compatriot Kateřina Siniaková and has returned to number one in the doubles rankings. It was the pair’s third Grand Slam triumph.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/14/2021

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, with an average daytime high of around 25 degrees Celsius. Clear skies and temperatures of up to 31 degrees Celsius are forecast for later in the week.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/14/2021

    Almost 46,500 people died in the Czech Republic in the first quarter of 2021, the highest number of deaths seen in one three-month period since the establishment of the state in 1993. The death rate in the period from the start of January until the end of March was 54 percent higher than in the same period the previous year, according to official data released on Monday.

    There have been a total of over 30,000 Covid deaths in the Czech Republic, one of the world’s worst per capita rates, and the start of 2021 saw particularly high numbers.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/14/2021

    Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek has congratulated incoming Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett after an alliance of parties survived a vote of confidence in the Israeli parliament on Sunday, officially ousting Benjamin Netanyahu from office.

    Mr Kulánek described Israel as the Czech Republic’s closest ally in the Middle East, "with whom we share a rich history and deep friendship." The Czech diplomatic chief said he was looking forward to working with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and hoped to welcome him in Prague soon.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has also expressed his congratulations on the formation of new Israeli government.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 06/14/2021

    The Czech Republic registered 42 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, which is the lowest daily increase over nearly a year, suggest the Ministry of Health Data. On average, there were less than 13 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days.

    The number of new Covid-19 cases has been steadily decreasing since early March, when the daily increases reached nearly 17,000. Around 1.67 million people in the Czech Republic contracted the virus since the pandemic hit the country last March and 30,226 people died of Covid related complications.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 06/13/2021

    Large foreign film and TV productions have started shooting in the Czech Republic again after a pause caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. Foreign film crews are attracted to the country by Czech film incentives.

    One of the projects is the most expensive Netflix production The Gray Man, which is due to start shooting in Prague in July, the Czech Cinematography Fund wrote on its Facebook page. The espionage thriller, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in the lead roles, is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo.

    Another Hollywood star currently filming in the Czech Republic is Adam Sandler, who will star in a Netflix adaptation of the novel Spaceman of Bohemia, written by Czech author Jaroslav Kalfař.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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