• 06/10/2024

    Firefighters were called to the scene as smoke started emanating from a building near Prague's historic Old Town Square on Monday afternoon. The Prague fire service wrote on social media site X that the fire had started in the roof of the building in Celetná Street. No one was injured but about twenty people were evacuated.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/10/2024

    Tuesday should be overcast but dry, with daytime temperatures ranging between 14 and 19 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/10/2024

    There were 1,205 new registered cases of whooping cough in Czechia last week, the lowest weekly number in almost two months, according to the latest figures from the State Health Institute. Experts say that the spread of the infection among the Czech population is waning.

    So far this year there have been 18,960 registered cases of whooping cough in Czechia, the most in 65 years. There were only a mere 18 more cases in 1959, the year after the vaccination programme against the disease began, but that was over the course of the entire calendar year.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/10/2024

    The last two people injured in the train collision in Pardubice late on Wednesday evening have now been discharged from hospital, news site Deník N reports. Most of the 27 passengers who were injured in the wreck were discharged on Thursday, with several more being released on Friday and only two remaining in hospital over the weekend. The most common injuries were to the head and cervical spinal cord.

    Police are investigating the cause of the train crash in which four women died, but the investigation is expected to take several months.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/10/2024

    A new Czech Centre will be opening in Taiwan from Thursday, June 14, the head of the network Jitka Pánek Jurková announced on Monday at a directors' meeting presenting the organisation's strategy for 2024 - 2027.

    She also said that the Czech Centres' new strategy foresees tension in international relations in the coming years and therefore as a platform strengthening public and cultural diplomacy, it wants to contribute to creating an open dialogue and presenting democratic values ​​through artistic creation.

    The Czech Centres network is made up of 28 branches designed to promote the Czech Republic abroad and is subsidised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/10/2024

    Tens of thousands of children in Czechia aren't vaccinated against measles, according to the Ministry of Health. The country is therefore failing to reach the 95 percent vaccination rate necessary to prevent the spread of the disease. At a press conference in Prague on Monday, the ministry revealed that there have been 28 measles cases so far this year, and a further wave of infections is expected in the autumn. Almost half the cases of measles in Czechia this year were caused by a single unvaccinated child who caught the disease abroad and brought it back home.

    In 2020, the vaccination rate against measles in Czechia was only 87 percent, as there were over 14,000 children under two years of age who had not received their jab. In 2019, almost 600 people fell ill with the disease.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/09/2024

    Andrej Babiš's ANO party won this year's European Parliament elections in Czechia with a 26.14 percent share of the vote, gaining seven of the country's 21 seats in the assembly - one more than they got in the last European elections in 2019. Government coalition leaders SPOLU (Together) came second with 22.27 percent and six seats, two fewer than they got last time.

    The coalition of Oath and Motorists came third with 10.26 percent, left-wing coalition Stačilo! (Enough) fourth with 9.56 percent, and the Mayors and Independents (STAN) fifth with 8.7 percent. Each of these three parties will be sending two MEPs to represent them in Brussels.

    The Pirate Party came in sixth with 6.2 percent, down from 13.95 percent in 2019, and will have only one MEP, losing two of their three seats from last time. Behind them was the coalition of the Tricolour party and Freedom and Direct Democracy, also winning one seat in the assembly and a 5.73 percent share of the vote.

    The election results were announced shortly after 11pm on Sunday, once voting had closed in all EU member states. Voter turnout this year was the highest since the Czech Republic joined the EU, with 36.45 percent of eligible voters in Czechia going to the polls.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/09/2024

    All Czech votes in the European Parliament elections have been counted, the Czech Statistical Office announced on the social media site X on Saturday evening. Data from the final precinct was received at 7:40 p.m., roughly half an hour earlier than in the previous elections five years ago. The results will be announced late on Sunday evening after voting has ended in all EU member states, with Italy being the final country to close its polling stations.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/09/2024

    Czechia will not be competing in kayak cross at the Olympic games in Paris this summer after the Czech hopefuls failed to win a place for the coveted event at the ICF World Cup in Prague. The closest to making it was Tereza Kneblová, who finished fourth in the finals in Prague's Troja district behind Angela Hugo from France, Noemie Fox from Australia and Nikita Setchell from the UK.

    Kayak cross, previously known as extreme slalom, will be making its Olympic debut this year in Paris.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/09/2024

    Monday is expected to be cloudy to overcast with a chance of rain. Daytime temperatures should range between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Anna Fodor

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