• 07/29/2021

    Children aged from six to 12 will not need to undergo a test for Covid-19 prior to returning with their parents from a country designated as high risk or very high risk in terms of infection, the Czech minister of foreign affairs, Jakub Kulhánek, said on Thursday. Mr. Kulhánek said that the ministries of health and the interior had agreed with this proposal, which will be discussed by the cabinet on Friday.

    The minister said that such children would be able to have a PCR test immediately after returning home and then head to a summer camp, for instance.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/29/2021

    President Miloš Zeman has recommended that the government provide assistance to Afghans who worked with the Czech Army and have remained in their country following the pullout of international troops. Mr. Zeman’s comments were shared by the Czech minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, after the two met on Thursday. The president said any delay could lead to the deaths of such Afghans, who face the serious threat of reprisals from the Taliban.The government is due to discuss the matter on Friday and Mr. Metnar has said that granting asylum to Afghan assistants has not been ruled out.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/29/2021

    Miroslav Jindra, who translated many major authors from English to Czech, has died at the age of 91. Among the more than 50 novels he translated were works by Michael Cunningham, Margaret Atwood, Truman Capote and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Mr. Jindra, who began his career as a translator in 1954, also taught at a number of Czech universities.

  • 07/29/2021

    It should be sunny in the Czech Republic on Friday, with an average high temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The weekend will see cloudy skies and slightly lower daytime highs.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/29/2021

    Some 195 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, a fall of 37 on the same day last week. This continues a trend of falling confirmed infections.

    The reproduction number is now at 0.86 and has been below 1.0 for a week and a half. Over the last week there have been roughly 12 daily new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

    More than 4.7 million people in the nation of 10.7 million have now been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/29/2021

    A shortage of parts means that the Škoda Auto car plant in the Central Bohemian town of Mladá Boleslav will be closed for longer than originally planned, the company’s trade union weekly reported on Thursday. A factory-wide holiday had been declared for the first two weeks of August but this break will now continue into the week after that.

    Škoda Auto, one of the Czech Republic’s biggest exporters, has had problems sourcing computer chips and other components.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/29/2021

    The Czech Republic has taken two more medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo after a sensational final in shooting’s trap event on Thursday. Jiří Lipták won the country’s first gold medal at the 32nd Olympics, while David Kostelecký earned silver. Lipták and Kostelecký were tied after 50 shots, hitting 43 targets for a new Olympic record. The two, who are friends, hit the first six targets in a shoot-off before Kostelecký failed to hit the seventh.

    The Czech team now has a total of four medals. Earlier canoeist Lukáš Rohan came second in the slalom while fencer Alexander Choupenitch finished third in his event.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/29/2021

    The tennis doubles pair of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková will take home a medal from the Olympic Games in Tokyo after qualifying for the final on Thursday. The Czech duo overcame Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnia of Russia 6-3 3-6 10-6. In the singles Markéta Vondroušová also reached the final after overcoming Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3 6-1. She had earlier knocked out world number two and face of the Olympics Naomi Osaka.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/28/2021

    An area of the Jizera Mountains in North Bohemia known as Jizerskohorské bučiny (Jizera Mts Beechwod) has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The protected national park made the prestigious list as part of what UNESCO referred to as “ancient and primeval beech forests of the Carpathians & other regions of Europe”. Jizerskohorské bučiny is the first Czech natural site to have been recognised in this way.

    The Czech minister of the environment, Richard Brabec, said it was a prestigious recognition of Czech nature protection at the world scale.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/28/2021

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says that he will propose to the government that all employees working in the state administration who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 receive two extra days paid leave. Mr. Babiš said on Wednesday that the cabinet wished to motivate people to get the jab.

    The prime minister said the government would call on all ministers to grant two days off to all employees who showed a Covid certificate. He recommended that regions, municipalities and companies follow suit.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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