• 07/27/2022

    Some 3,437 new case of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Tuesday. The figure was around 300 fewer than on Monday but about 200 more than Tuesday last week.

    There were 1,086 people in hospital with the coronavirus on Tuesday, up from 700 a week previously.

    The current Covid wave began in early June. It should peak at the end of July, experts say, though numbers are unlikely to fall off greatly.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/27/2022

    A centre providing tents to Ukrainian refugees in the Prague district of Malešice is closed from Wednesday. The facility has been merged with another tent city in the Troja district, which has a capacity of around 250. The move follows a decline in the number of war refugees from Ukraine in Czechia.

    The operators of the Malešice site are keeping some tents in place in case they are needed again in future.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/27/2022

    The Czech School Inspectorate is launching nationwide tests of physical fitness among schoolchildren and adolescents. The project aims to ascertain the level of physical fitness among schoolchildren and to provide schools with feedback and recommendations on physical activities. According to the inspectorate, children's physical fitness levels have declined both in strength and endurance and the isolation during the Covid pandemic has only exacerbated the problem. The tests of agility, speed, balance, and coordination, will provide a comparison with data from 30 years ago and with international research. The inspectorate plans to publish the results early next year.

  • 07/27/2022

    Over 400 firefighters are battling against a massive fire in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park for the fourth day now. The fire has already ravaged over 1,000 hectares of forestland and fire crews are primarily trying to prevent new outbursts and protect the evacuated villages of Mezná, Mezní Louka and Vysoká Lípa. An estimated 450 people have had to leave their homes. Forestry workers have started felling trees in order to contain the blaze.

    Large areas of the park have been closed off and the park’s management is to decide today whether to close the entire park to visitors. Many roads in the vicinity as well as the Hřensko border crossing have been closed in order to facilitate the rescue effort.

  • 07/26/2022

    Wednesday should be partly cloudy with scattered showers and day temperatures between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius.

  • 07/26/2022

    The fire in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, which has now spread over the border to Germany, unexpectedly topped the agenda of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s working visit to Prague. After talks with her Czech counterpart Jan Lipavský, Minister Baerbock said the fire clearly showed the need for a close-knit Central European network of firefighters, helicopters and aircraft who would be on standby for similar emergencies.

    Other issues on the agenda were Czech-German relations, the situation in Ukraine and the priorities of the Czech EU Presidency. The two officials also signed a Strategic Dialogue work program for the period 2022-2024. In the afternoon the German foreign minister paid homage to the victims  of the Lidice massacre committed by the Nazis on June10, 1942 in retaliation for the killing of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich.

  • 07/26/2022

    The summer wave of the Covid pandemic appears to be nearing its peak in Czechia. Laboratories registered 3,771 new cases on Monday, which is 900 more than on the same day last week. There were 1281 reinfections. The number of people hospitalized with Covid is now 992, up by 333 compared to last week. Thirty-six of these patients require intensive care. No restrictions are being imposed and the Health Ministry is reportedly not planning any in the immediate future. People over 60 and those with chronic illnesses have been advised to get a booster shot.

  • 07/26/2022

    Gas storage facilities in Czechia are now filled to 80 percent capacity, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Twitter on Monday night, noting that this is a record level. The Czech Republic has thus reached the limit to which European Union states must fill their gas storage tanks by November as a precaution against a possible halt in supplies from Russia. Deliveries of Russian gas via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline have now been limited to 20 percent. The annual gas consumption in the Czech Republic is about 9.4 billion cubic meters and the country gets about 98 per cent of its gas from Russia. In order to help cover its needs, Czechia plans to use gas from a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in The Netherlands.

  • 07/26/2022

    The number of temporary protection visas issued by the Czech Republic to Ukrainian refugees has reached 400,000, Interior Minister Vít Rakušan told reporters. He added however that school enrolment numbers suggest there are now fewer than 300,000 Ukrainians in the country. The number of war refugees who have found work in this country is close to 90,000. Those who have not will have to start paying for their own health insurance after 150 days in the country.

  • 07/26/2022

    State spending in 2022 is expected to increase by more than 110 billion crowns compared to the original budget approved in March of this year. The deficit for the 2022 state budget should grow to 326.9 billion crowns, Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura told Czech Television on Monday. The increase is due to the extra finances spent on pension hikes to make up for inflation, on energy saving tariffs and on coping with the refugee crisis. The amendment does not foresee any tax increases. The cabinet will discuss the proposed amendment on Wednesday.

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