• 03/07/2021

    A Prague café that previously made international headlines with a cake in the shape of the coronavirus is now offering “vaccine cakes”, Reuters reported.

    The café in the city’s House of the Black Madonna on the city's Celetná St. created a special cube-shaped white cake with red crosses on the sides and a small “syringe” sticking out of the top.

    The confection features a sponge base, banana mouse and a strawberry and banana filling.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/07/2021

    Some 9,066 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the Czech Republic on Saturday, according to Ministry of Health data. The number was 1,200 more than for the same day the previous week and was the fourth highest tally for a weekend day since the pandemic hit the country.

    There are currently over 168,000 known active cases of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic. The number of deaths has climbed to 21,717.

    The reproduction number has risen slightly to 1.024.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/07/2021

    It should be overcast in the Czech Republic on Monday, with an average temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. More cloudy weather is expected through the week, but daytime highs will climb to up to 13 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/07/2021

    Charlatan triumphed in the Czech Lion national film awards in Prague on Saturday night, picking up gongs for Best Film as well as Best Director for Agnieszka Holland, a Polish filmmaker who has close ties to the Czech Republic. In addition, Charlatan’s Ivan Trojan was named Best Actor for his portrayal of real life healer Jan Mikolášek.

    Shadow Country by Bohdan Sláma, a bleak portrayal of life in a village on the Czech-Austrian border in the middle of the last century, also did well. Writer Ivan Arsenjev took the Best Screenplay award while Magdaléna Borová was named Best Actress and Petra Špalková earned the Best Supporting Actress prize. Jiří Mádl took the Czech Lion for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Droneman.

    Caught in the Net was named Best Documentary. The film by Barbora Chalupová and Vít Klusák exposed adults attempting to groom young teenagers and has become the most watched documentary at Czech cinemas ever.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/06/2021

    World number 10 Petra Kvitová has tennis’s Qatar Total Open in Doha for the second time in her career. The Czech, who is 30, eased to victory over Spain’s Garbina Muguruza, beating her 6-2 6-1 in Saturday’s final. Her previous success in the competition came in 2018.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/06/2021

    Nighttime freezes should continue in the Czech Republic through the remainder of March and into early April, according to a regular four-week forecast from the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Precipitation will be at above average levels for the time of year in the coming week and snow is also possible.

    Temperature over the next month are likely to correspond to long-term values, with average daily highs of around forecast for the last week of March and first week of April.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/06/2021

    Some 13,074 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the Czech Republic on Friday, around 1,700 fewer than the figure for the same day last week.

    The total number of registered cases to date has now passed 1.3 million, though experts say that the actual figure may be two or three times higher.

    The number of people hospitalised with the virus remains high at over 8,200. Of that number 1,700 are in a critical condition.

    To date there have been 21,588 registered Covid deaths in the Czech Republic.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/06/2021

    Czech shot putter Tomáš Staněk has won his first major title, topping the podium at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland’s Torun on Friday evening.

    Staněk, who is 29, secured victory with a final throw of 21.62 metres that saw him jump from fourth to first.

    Czech hurdler Pavel Maslák failed to win a fourth European indoor title after not making it into the final.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/06/2021

    It should be mainly sunny in the Czech Republic on Sunday, with an average temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. Cloudy weather is forecast for the following week.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/06/2021

    A new plaque in honour of Milan “Mejla” Hlavsa, a founder of the underground rock band The Plastic People of the Universe, has been installed in Prague to mark what would have been his 70th birthday on Saturday. The memorial has been placed on the front of Prague’s Radost FX, where he performed in the venue’s nightclub and worked at the music store in the 1990s.

    Hlavsa died in January 2001 at the age of just 49.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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