• 01/03/2022

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a German tourist Benjamin Wittig, who, together with another man, spray-painted one of the pillars of Charles Bridge with graffiti in the summer of 2019. He received a yearlong suspended sentence, a fine of 100,000 crowns and a five-year ban on entering the country. Wittig criticized an earlier ruling against him by the Court of Appeals, which reviewed the case by videoconference. The Supreme Court upheld the decision, saying videoconferencing was a sensible solution at a time when the Covidu-19 pandemic was complicating travel between states.

  • 01/03/2022

    President Milos Zeman appointed Zdeněk Nekula agriculture minister at Lany Chateau on Monday.   Nekula, who underwent Covid in the past fortnight, is the last of the 18-member cabinet to be appointed to office. He said his main priority would be to introduce modern technologies into the sphere of agriculture and reduce the carbon footprint of food.

    Prime Minister Petr Fiala said after his meeting with the president on Sunday that he planned to ask the lower house for a vote of confidence on January 12, when he would present the assembly with his government’s policy program.

  • 01/03/2022

    Unseasonably warm weather has been breaking temperature records for three days in a row. Sunday’s temperature of 13.4 degrees Celsius broke records at 74 of the country’s 160 monitoring stations some of which have been operating for over a century.

    The first day of the year was the warmest New Year's Day on record, according to data released by the Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The temperature reached 15.7 degrees Celsius in Kopisty in the Most region breaking the previous record of 14.5 degrees from Valašské Meziříčí from 1936.

    The last day of 2021 was also very warm, with a high of 15.3 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists have warned that the thaw which is melting snow in the mountains will raise the water levels of smaller rivers and springs.

  • 01/03/2022

    Laboratories in the Czech Republic registered 1,919 new cases of Covid 19 on Sunday, roughly 100 less than on the same day a week ago. However the number of tests conducted was also significantly lower, down by around 10,000. Some 2,640 patients are hospitalized with Covid, of whom 536 are in serious condition. The incidence number is currently at 335 per 100,000 people. Epidemiologists expect the numbers to start rising steeply with the onset of compulsory tests in schools and institutions.

  • 01/02/2022

    Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain around the country and day temperatures between 7 and 11 degrees Celsius.

  • 01/02/2022

    Household expenditures are expected to rise steeply in 2022. Czech will have to pay significantly more for heating, electricity, gas and hot and cold water. The price of electricity will rise by 17 percent on average, the price of gas by 16 percent. These hikes are expected to drive up the cost of most other products and services. According to economists inflation could reach 8 percent in February.

  • 01/02/2022

    The compulsory twice-weekly testing of employees in firms and institutions will be covered by health insurance, Prime Minister Petr Fiala told CNN Prima News on Sunday. The testing, which is to help curb the spread of Omicron, is to begin in mid-January to give companies time to organize the testing.

    Although the government is stressing the importance of vaccination it is against compulsory vaccination for people over 60 and has said it will scrap the decree imposed by the former government. Compulsory vaccination for people in high-risk professions is likely to remain.

  • 01/02/2022

    President Milos Zeman will appoint Zdeněk Nekula agriculture minister on Monday, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said following a New Year’s lunch with the president. Nekula could not be appointed with the rest of the government due to a Covid infection.

    Prime Minister Fiala said he planned to ask the lower house for a vote of confidence on January 12 when he would present the assembly with his government’s policy program. Mr. Fiala said he and President Zeman had agreed to meet once a month for consultations.

  • 01/02/2022

    Laboratories in the Czech Republic registered 1088 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, which is the exact same number as was registered on Christmas Day a week ago. However the number of tests conducted was lower by a half on the first day of the New Year.

    For the first time in two months the number of people hospitalized with Covid has dropped to below 3,000. The incidence number is now at 336 per 100,000 inhabitants.

    However epidemiologists warn that the worst is not over and the country should brace for a new wave of Omicron infections in January.

  • 01/02/2022

    The first day of the year was the warmest New Year's Day on record, according to data released by the Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The temperature reached 15.7 degrees Celsius in Kopisty in the Most region breaking the previous record of 14.5 degrees from Valašské Meziříčí from 1936. The last day of 2021 was also very warm, with a high of 15.3 degrees Celsius, breaking records at half the monitoring stations in the country.

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