• 10/24/2021

    Czechs plan to economise mainly on food, alcohol and cigarettes, according to the outcome of a flash poll conducted by Cofidis. On the contrary, they see little chance of cutting down on transport, phone and Internet bills. Rising inflation and an expected further rise in fuel and energy prices will force many families to revise their budget priorities, according to the survey.

    The CEO of Czech energy giant CEZ, Daniel Beneš, says he estimates that electricity prices will rise in the Czech Republic by around a third from next year, while gas prices will be half to two-thirds more expensive. CEZ is set to announce price rises at the start of November that will come into effect at the beginning of next year.

  • 10/24/2021

    The Senate’s Committee for Organizational Matters will consider November 9 as a possible date for an extraordinary meeting of the upper chamber on the health of President Miloš Zeman and his ability to fulfil his duties as head of state, Senate chair Miloš Vystrčil told Czech Television on Sunday.

    Mr. Vystrčil said that ahead of a debate on activating Article 66 on a possible transfer of the powers of the head of state to other constitutional officials, he would ask the Central Military Hospital for an update on the president’s condition.

  • 10/24/2021

    Monday should be bright and sunny with clear skies and day temperatures between 9 and 13 degrees Celsius.

  • 10/24/2021

    Finance Minister Alena Schillerová has defended the government’s decision to waive the VAT on energy in November and December in order to help end-users in the face of growing energy prices. Under fire from the opposition over the move, the Czech  finance minister said Prime Minister Andrej Babiš had received assurances from Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the Commission would tolerate the waiver for the given period.

    Minister Schillerova also highlighted the fact that Prime Minister Babiš had successfully tabled his concerns about the Emissions Trading System at the summit, blaming speculation about the EU’s carbon price for the recent spike in energy prices around Europe.

    The Czech prime minister blocked the summit negotiations for several hours and eventually got the Commission to agree on the need to assess whether certain trading behaviours require further regulatory action.

  • 10/24/2021

    The Russian Sputnik V vaccine is not recognized by the Czech authorities and tourists who have been vaccinated with it will have to quarantine upon entering the Czech Republic, Czech Radio reported on Sunday.

    Although the vaccine is not administered in the Czech Republic, the Russian authorities recently tried to get the Sputnik vaccine recognized in the country to facilitate travel for Russian tourists who are generally vaccinated with it.

    Health Ministry spokesman Daniel Köppl said the vaccine would not be recognized until it got approval by the European Medicines Agency.

  • 10/24/2021

    About 150 children under the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the Czech Republic, Czech Radio reported citing Health Ministry data.

    Hundreds of other parents have already registered their young children for vaccination, although the PfizerBioNTech vaccine has not yet received approval from the European Medicines Agency for children under 12.

    The vaccine is most often administered to children under 12 on doctors’ orders for health reasons, for instance post-surgery or because of chronic illnesses.

  • 10/24/2021

    The Czech Republic registered 2,751 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, which is 1,600 more than on the same day a week ago. It is the highest daily increase since the end of March, when the Czech Republic was experiencing the third wave of the pandemic.

    Over 840 people are currently hospitalized with Covid, of which 119 are in intensive care. Sixty-one people have died of Covid or related complications in the past seven days.

    There are now on average 177 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the course of a week, although in some regions it is 300 cases per 100,000.

  • 10/23/2021

    Sunday should be bright and sunny with clear skies and day temperatures between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius.

  • 10/23/2021

    Although inoculation against Covid is voluntary many companies are pushing for their employees to get the jab in order to prevent fall-outs in production.

    According to Novinky.cz unvaccinated Škoda Auto employees could be relegated to other positions if their work involves business trips abroad. The news site said the move could affect many people, since thousands of employees travel to the group's foreign plants, from technicians in development, testing and production, through laboratory, marketing and sales managers.

    A Skoda spokesperson has confirmed the report, saying the car maker is aiming for complete inoculation of its staff and would motivate and reward those who were considerate of their own health and the health of others.

  • 10/23/2021

    Hospitals are reporting an increased number of child patients with respiratory viral infections. Infants and toddlers are reported to be particularly at risk.

    The State Health Institute says these hospitalizations are not linked to the growing number of Covid patients, although the Delta mutation has been spreading among children as well and hospitals report admitting child patients with Covid.

    Doctors are urging people to get vaccinated against the flu, warning that immunity is generally  lower in the wake of the Covid lockdowns. There were practically zero cases of flu in the country last year.