• 11/18/2021

    The Czech Republic recorded 14,119 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, a national holiday, around 8,000 fewer cases than on the previous day.

    According to Ministry of Health data, 4,440 people were being treated for the virus in Czech hospitals on Wednesday, 700 more than on the same day last week. Around 15 percent patients are in intensive care units.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/18/2021

    The outgoing Czech government wants to reintroduce compulsory testing for Covid-19 in companies as new infections soar.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Thursday morning that it has yet to be decided whether mandatory testing would apply to all employees or just those who are unvaccinated.

    The outgoing the cabinet is also calling on all companies to allow employees to work from home if possible and not hold large events.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/18/2021

    Czech President Miloš Zeman told TV Nova on Wednesday evening that he expects to be released from the Military University Hospital in Prague within the next few days.

    The president, who was moved to the hospital last month, said that upon being released he will travel to his country residency in Lány and speak to the candidates for ministerial positions proposed by prime minister designate Petr Fiala.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 11/18/2021

    Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková are this year‘s ATP Women’s doubles champions after beating Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens 6:3 and 6:4 in the final game at the Estadio Akron de Tenis in Mexico. They are the first all-Czech doubles duo to achieve victory at one of the most prestigious tournaments in women’s tennis.

    The victory follows a highly successful season in which the two women won the doubles at Roland Garros and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It also means that Kateřina Siniaková will end this year’s season in ranked nr. 1 in the doubles category.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 11/17/2021

    Czech President Miloš Zeman is ready to name Petr Fiala of the Civic Democrats as Czech prime minister on Friday, November 26, in Lány, Mr Fiala said on Wednesday immediately after meeting with the president in the Military University Hospital in Prague.

    The expected future prime minister and Together coalition leader (Civic Democrats, Christian Democrats, TOP09) also announced who he wants in his future cabinet.

    Mayors and Independents chairman Vít Rakušan is set to be Vice-Premier and Minister of Interior. Pirate Party Chairman Ivan Bartoš is expected to lead the Ministry for Regional Development and simultaneously hold the position of Vice-Premier for Digitisation. Christian Democrats chairman Marián Jurečka has been proposed as the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Vice-Premier.

    The proposed government is set to include Vlastimil Válek (TOP09) as Minister of Health, Zbyněk Stanjura (Civic Democrats) as Minister of Finance, Jan Lipavský (Pirates) as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Petr Gazdík (Mayors) as Minister of Education, Martin Baca (Civic Democrats) as Minister of Culture, Pavel Blažek (Civic Democrats) as Minister of Justice, Věslav Michalik (Mayors) as Minister of Industry and Trade, Zdeněk Nekula (Christian Democrats) as Minister of Agriculture, Jana Černochová (Civic Democrats) as Minister of Defence, Martin Kupka (Civic Democrats) as Minister of Transport, Anna Hubáčková (Christian Democrats) as Minister for the Environment, Mikuláš Bek (Mayors) as Minister for the EU, Helena Langšádlová (TOP09) as Minister for Science and Michal Šalomoun (Pirates) should become a minister responsible for legislation.

    Mr Fiala said that President Zeman told him he had issues with one of the candidates being named vice permier. However, the Civic Democrats leader refused to make public which one. The president is due to meet with each candidate individually during a 10-day period after naming Fiala premier. The whole government should be confirmed within three weeks, said Mr Fiala.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 11/17/2021

    Temperatures are expected to range around 8 degrees Celsius on Thursday, with overcast skies.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 11/17/2021

    The rising coronavirus epidemic means that the post-election government transition must happen quickly, the likely next prime minister, Pete Fiala (Civic Democrats), said on Wednesday.

    Speaking during a visit to the memorial marking the 1989 Velvet Revolution, he said that he hopes his meeting with President Miloš Zeman, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, will result in a clear timeline for the transition.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 11/17/2021

    From Monday, the Czech Republic will introduce the so-called “Bavarian” model of Covid restrictions, meaning that negative test results will no longer be accepted as a valid certificate for people visiting pubs, bars, restaurants and mass events, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Czech Television on Wednesday.

    The new measure is set to be approved by the government on Thursday at a time when daily coronavirus cases are at a record high. Mr Babiš said that there is a majority in favor of adopting the new rules within the government.

    If the new measure gets the green light it will mean that vaccine certificates and proof of having successfully recovered from the virus will be the only accepted documents for people wanting to access mass events and service sector businesses.  Employees and health and social facility clients will still be able to show that they are negative by providing an antigen test, the prime minister said.

    Hours later, at a special press conference, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch added that PCR tests will be valid for children between the ages of 12 to 18. Up to five tests will be covered for free for this group and for those who are waiting for their second vaccine dose.

    The likely future PM, Petr Fiala, said that the new measures had been announced without prior consultation with experts from the expected next government of the Together and Mayors and Indepents coalitions.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 11/17/2021

    A group of people dressed in Polish Army uniforms near the Polish-Belarusian border attacked a group of three photo reporters on Tuesday, the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reports. One of the three was Czech photographer Martin Divíšek, according to the paper.

    The Polish Defence Ministry reacted with a statement that no Polish soldiers attacked the photographers and that the action was legitimate.

    The situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, over which the Belarusian regime is sending refugees, has been very tense in recent months, with frequent provocations by Belarusian armed forces and desperate attempts by refugees to illegally cross into the EU.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 11/17/2021

    In the final game of the group stage qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Czech national team beat Estonia 2:0 in Prague’s Letná stadium. The home team went into the lead in the 59. minute after a goal by Jakub Brabec. Substitute Jan Sýkora upped the score to 2:0 five minutes before the end of the game. The Czech team’s coach Jaroslav Šilhavý was not present at the match due to being infected with the coronavirus.

    The Czech Republic finished third overall in Group E, behind Belgium and Wales and will have to make it through the knock-out stage of the qualifiers to play in Qatar next year.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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