• 11/15/2021

    Tuesday should be cloudy to overcast with morning fog in places and day temperatures between 5 and 9 degrees Celsius.

  • 11/15/2021

    Doctors from the Brno Children's Hospital have warned parents about the dangers of a construction toy set sold in the Czech Republic. The set is made up of small magnetic balls that hold together and which small children can easily swallow. The hospital says doctors have given emergency treatment to twenty children this year alone after they swallowed the small balls. Four children had to undergo surgery. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority is looking into the matter. Although the set contains a warning saying it is unsuitable for young children, toddlers usually swallow the toy parts when older siblings are playing with them or have left them lying around.

  • 11/15/2021

    One of the first bills to be debated by the newly established Chamber of Deputies should be a draft legislation which would allow Czechs living abroad to cast their vote by post. The bill has already been approved by the Senate and there is majority support for it in the new lower house. Under the present legislation Czechs living abroad can only cast their ballot at embassies which is expensive and time consuming for those who have to travel long distances.

  • 11/15/2021

    The Pirate Party is taking an internal online vote on the coalition agreement between the Spolu alliance (Civic Democrats, Christain Democrats and TOP 09) and Pirates with Mayors and Independents (STAN) on forming a new government. The outcome of the vote is expected at 10 pm on Monday. The Pirates are the last of the five-party coalition to officially approve the document which was signed last week. Party leader Ivan Bartoš was given a mandate to sign the document before the vote on its ratification, but its approval is essential in view of the fact that some party members have criticized the leadership's plans to enter the coalition government under the conditions stipulated. The coalition agreement needs to win approval from 60 percent of party members.

  • 11/15/2021

    President Miloš Zeman, who is getting treatment for a chronic illness in Prague’s Central Military Hospital, has been  moved to a standard room which will allow him to receive visitors. The president‘s agenda this week includes meetings in person with the outgoing prime minister, Andrej Babiš, and prime minister designate Petr Fiala, who is to present the head of state with a proposed line up of cabinet ministers. On Tuesday Mr. Zeman will receive the visiting Slovak head of state Zuzana Čaputová. The Czech head of state, who has been hospitalized since October 10, has said he will want to meet in person with all candidates for ministerial posts. All visits to the head of state will have to be approved by his chief physician and strict hygiene norms will have to be observed.

  • 11/15/2021

    Laboratories in the Czech Republic registered 5,650 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, 2,645 more than on the same day last week. It is the fourth highest Sunday increase in new Covid cases since the pandemic hit the country last March.

    The number of people hospitalised with Covid increased by 855 over the past week to 3,804. Some 572 of them are in serious condition.

    According to Health Ministry data, the Czech Republic presently has on average over 717 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the space of seven days.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 11/15/2021

    New measures take effect across the Czech Republic on Monday in response to the acceleration of the coronavirus epidemic. As of the start of this week, unvaccinated hospital and other care facility workers are obliged to get tested regularly once a week. From November 15, it is also compulsory for university students to wear respirators in teaching rooms exceeding 50 people in size.

    Foreigners who are long-term legal residents in the Czech Republic will have their COVID-19 vaccines paid for from the budget of the Ministry of Health. The only thing that they have to pay for is the application of the vaccine itself.Further measures aimed at curbing the spread of the epidemic will be discussed on Monday.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 11/14/2021

    Dozens of people gathered in front of the Ministry of Health in Prague on Sunday to protest against the current government’s measures to counter the coronavirus epidemic.

    The demonstration was organised by a so-called Parallel Medical Chamber, comprising of doctors who describe the current measures as "Covid terror".

    The organizers plan to hold similar rallies every week. Opponents of the anti-pandemic measures are also planning a protest on November 17 on Old Town Square in Prague.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 11/14/2021

    Monday will be mostly overcast or partly cloudy with day temperatures ranging between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 11/14/2021

    The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players lost all three of their games at this year’s Karjala Cup in Helsinki. On Sunday the Czechs were beaten 2:5 by Russia. Overall, the Czech team finished in the last, fourth place with no points.

    Karjala Cup is the first stage of the Euro Hockey Tour, an unofficial ice hockey championship, which has been held in its current format annually since 1996.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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