• 07/28/2022

    The operating profits of Czech car company Škoda Auto fell during the first six months of this year to 676 million euros from last year's 974 million euros, according to parent company Volkswagen’s earnings report released on Thursday. The loss is attributed to higher production costs, unfavourable exchange rates, and the war in Ukraine.

    At the beginning of March, Škoda announced that due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it would suspend production at its Russian plants in Kaluga and Nizhny Novgorod and stop exporting cars to Russia, although last year Russia was its second largest market.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 07/28/2022

    Some 2,979 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Czechia on Wednesday, 220 more than on the same day last week. Tests found that roughly 1,000 more people have been re-infected with the coronavirus, according to Ministry of Health data.

    On Wednesday 1,134 people were hospitalised with Covid, with 40 of them in a critical condition. A week earlier there were around 370 fewer Covid patients in hospitals.

    The current wave of the virus in Czechia 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
  • 07/28/2022

    Fire officers fighting a blaze at the Bohemian Switzerland national park in the north of the country say they have now contained it to an area of around 1,000 hectares. Fire brigades have been on the scene since Sunday with officials saying the wildfire, which has led to evacuations and the destruction of some homes, was most likely caused by human carelessness.

    Earlier in the week smoke from the fire could be smelled over large parts of Czechia, including Prague, which is 100 kilometres away from the national park.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/27/2022

    The Czech government on Wednesday approved a budget deficit for this year of CZK 330 billion, the Ministry of Finance said. The lower house of Parliament passed a budget deficit of CZK 280 billion in March. MPs are due to vote on the higher deficit following a debate in September, with the motion expected to pass in view of the government’s comfortable majority in the Chamber of Deputies.

    Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Wednesday that when his cabinet were initially discussing the budget there is no way they could have known war would have begun 300 kilometres from the country’s borders.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/27/2022

    Two popular tourist destinations in an area of North Bohemia hit by wildfires in recent days remain intact, the director of the Ústí nad Labem fire service, Roman Vyskočil, said on Wednesday. However, he said he could not rule out some damage to the Pravčice Gate sandstone formation and nearby Sokolí hnízdo building.

    The fire service said on Wednesday that it had managed to get fires in the Hřensko district under control, adding that no further evacuations were planned. Hundreds of fire officers have been deployed to combat blazes that began on Sunday and aircraft from other countries are assisting in the fight.

    A spokesperson for the fire service said that winds were hampering their efforts.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/27/2022

    The Czech government has rubberstamped the deployment of Czech Army soldiers in foreign operations until 2024, the minister of defence, Jana Černochová, said on Twitter on Wednesday. The plan includes sending 1,200 troops to NATO’s eastern border.

    The move must now be approved by the Czech Parliament.

    Ms. Černochová said the proposal does not include the deployment of soldiers in European Union training missions in Mali and Iraq as the future of both those projects was being discussed in the EU.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/27/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in Czechia on Thursday, with an average high temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. Similar weather is expected on the following days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/27/2022

    The annual Summer Film School in the Moravian town of Uherské Hradiště is set to get underway on Friday. The 48th edition of the festival will include the world premiere of a new documentary about rock star and former politician Michal Kocáb, directed by Olga Sommerová, as well as Kunstkamera, the latest film by Jan Švankmajer.

    The annual prize of the Association of Czech Film Clubs will be presented to Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan and Czech actor Ondřej Vetchý, among others.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 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

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