• 01/04/2022

    The Czech government is considering cutting the period people must isolate over Covid-19 to five days, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. At present those who test positive for Covid, including those who are asymptomatic, must stay home for two weeks. Those who have had risky contacts are also required to isolate for a fortnight, but that may be reduced to one week with a negative test. The reduction to five days would apply to both categories, Czech TV said.

    Several states have already cut coronavirus isolation periods, amid fears that a surge in Omicron variant cases will lead to acute labour shortages.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/04/2022

    There were 205 rail deaths in the Czech Republic in 2021, which was the lowest figure in 19 years. The number includes people who died on the national train network, Prague’s Metro, cable car systems and trolleybus and tram lines. It was 16 percent down on the figure recorded in 2020.

    The number of “extraordinary events” on the country’s rails rose by 4 percent to nearly 4,000 but was still the second lowest in a decade, the Railway Safety Inspection Office reported.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/04/2022

    Some 9,333 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Monday, the highest figure since December 21. The number of people in hospital with the coronaivirus has risen slightly to 2,811. Of that number, 535 patients are in a critical condition.

    After a decline in numbers in December, experts now expect a major rise on the back of the Omicron variant. The Institute for Health Information and Statistics says there could be up to 50,000 cases a day, far outstripping previous records, and as many as 7,000 in hospital.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/04/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 4 degrees Celsius. Temperatures are expected to fall slightly in the following days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/04/2022

    The management of the Czech ice hockey team will implement its “plan B” in picking a squad for the Winter Olympics without players from the NHL, coach Filip Pešán told reporters on Tuesday. Pešán said he had been preparing for a situation under which the NHL would not release its players since the beginning of the season.

    Speaking exactly a month before the hockey competition starts in Beijing, the Czechs’ general manager Petr Nedvěd said it was still possible to put together an excellent team and aim for success.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 01/04/2022

    Interior Minister Vít Rakušan said on Monday that he wanted to hold a survey among members of the police force to find out how many of them refused to get the Covid vacine and why. The statement came in the wake of news that over 3,200 members of the country’s security forces – police officers, firefighters and soldiers – had signed a petition against compulsory vaccination for people in high-risk professions.

    Police President Jan Švejdar, who announced late last year that he had decided to leave the force after 35 years of service, criticized the former government’s decision to make the Covid vacinne mandatory for police officers, saying the force could lose up to 10,000 professionals as a result. Švejdar told reporters that he was leaving because he did not want to hinder negotiations between the Ministry of the Interior and the police.

  • 01/04/2022

    Omicron is likely to be the dominant variant of coronavirus in the Czech Republic within ten days to a fortnight, according to the State Institute of Public Health. According to experts, the Omicron wave may bring up to 50,000 new cases a day and around 7,000 Covid patients in hospitals. At the present time, Delta and its sub-variants make up 85 percent of all cases detected, while Omicron holds a 15 percent share. However, in view of the milder symptoms and shorter incubation and infection periods in the latter there are suspicions that the actual number of Omicron infections in the country may be much higher. The first case of Omicron was registered in the Czech Republic at the end of November.

  • 01/03/2022

    Tuesday will be overcast around the country with persistent rain in places and day temperatures between 6 and 11 degrees Celsius.

  • 01/03/2022

    Throughout the month of January, Prague's public transport will run according to holiday timetables, which will mean an extension of intervals, especially at peak times. The reason for the measure, according to the Prague City Transit Authority, is a significant decrease in passengers due to more people working from home during the Covid epidemic. Statistics suggest that the drop in passengers is about 30 percent. If the pandemic situation improves, public transport will return to normal operations on Monday, January 31, 2022. The restriction was also made with regard to a lack of drivers due to illness and quarantine.

  • 01/03/2022

    Over 3,200 members of the country’s security forces have signed a petition against compulsory vaccination of people in high-risk professions. The signatories – among them police officers, firefighters, rescue workers and soldiers - point out that the requirement may lead to many professionals leaving the security forces and jeopardizing the action-capability of the Integrated Rescue System. Representatives of Initiative 21, which is a group protesting against compulsory vaccination as such,  said on Monday that altogether around 14,000 people have signed petitions against mandatory vaccines for any group of the population.

    According to available data 75.6 percent of police officers are vaccinated, 76 percent of firefighters and 85 percent of soldiers.

    Compulsory vaccination for people over 60 and those working in high-risk professions was introduced by the former government. The present ruling coalition has said it will invalidate the decree on mandatory vaccinations for people over 60, but is likely to leave it in place for high risk professions such as medical staff, members of the security forces and employees in the social services.

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