• 09/15/2022

    An ecumenical mass in honour of the late British Queen Elizabeth II is due to take place at Saint Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle on Thursday evening.

    The mass is organised by the Archbishopric of Prague, the Ecumenical Council of Churches and the Anglican Diocese of Europe, in collaboration with the British Embassy in Prague.

    The monarch, who led the British monarchy for 70 years and was also the supreme leader of the Church of England, died a week ago at the age of 96.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    The Czech EU presidency will be cooperating with the European Commission to lower energy prices, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala wrote on Twitter on Wednesday in reaction to the speech of the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen.

    Mr Fiala also said that he welcomed Mrs. von der Leyen’s confirmation of the prospects for the countries of the Western Balkans to join the EU.The Czech Foreign Ministry tweeted that it welcomed von der Leyen's "strong message of European unity, solidarity and determination."

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    Thursday will continue to be overcast and rainy with day temperatures ranging between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    Five new cases of monkeypox were registered in Prague last week, bringing the total up to 52, according to the data released by Prague’s hygiene station on Wednesday. Another 14cases of monkey pox have been confirmed by hygiene stations in other regions.

    The disease, which has been common in West and Central African countries for some time, was first detected in Czechia at the end of May. All of the infected were under 50 years old and most of them had travelled abroad prior to showing symptoms of the disease.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    A new-born girl was placed in a babybox in Třebíč on Wednesday morning. She was given the name Elizabeth in honour of the late British Queen, the founder of the Czech baby box network, Ludvík Hess said.

    The new-born girl is the twelfth baby to be placed in a babybox this year and the 243rd since the first babybox was established in Czechia in June 2005.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    Some 120,400 refugees from Ukraine with humanitarian visas and labour permits have found jobs in Czechia, the head of the Labour Office Viktor Najmon said on Wednesday.

    Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, roughly 478, 800 refugees have registered themselves with the Czech foreign police and the Interior Ministry has issued some 429,800 year-long humanitarian visas.

    About 35 percent of the refugees are children and young people under 18. Of the adults, 72 percent are women and more than five percent are over 65.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    Forecasters have warned that there could be strong or even very strong storms in the western and southern part of Czechia on Wednesday afternoon and night.

    The highest rainfall is expected in the South Bohemia, Pilsen and Karlovy Vary regions and parts of Vysočina and Central Bohemia.

    In some places, the storms will be accompanied by torrential rain, hail and wind of around 70 kilometres per hour.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela will on Wednesday propose that the government allocate CZK 30 billion to compensate large companies for increasing energy prices. According to the minister, the aid should help around 8,000 companies.

    Ahead of a government meeting, Mr Síkela said he didn‘t envisage setting maximum energy prices for companies because European legislation did not allow it. The firms will receive the support in the form of compensation for losses. They can start applying for it already this year.

    The minister wants to compensate primarily energy-intensive industries, such as manufacturing or mining.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    Legalizing marijuana would bring the state between CZK 650 million and CZK 1.8 billion in tax revenue, according to an analysis commissioned by the Pirate Party, which was presented on Wednesday.

    The study proposes various options for regulating the marijuana market, including mandatory registration of users. It also aims to regulate the black market and restrict minors’ access to cannabis.

    The Pirate Party plans to present the study to its government coalition partners next week.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2022

    Some 3,027 new cases of covid-19 were registered in Czechia on Tuesday, crossing the 3,000-in-one-day mark for the second day in a row. Monday was the first time since the beginning of August that more than 3,000 new cases were registered in one day. The daily number of new cases in a week-on-week comparison has been increasing since Monday last week.

    There were almost 800 patients in hospitals with the virus on Tuesday, an increase of 14 in a week-on-week comparison. The number of patients in critical condition remains around 30.

    Author: Anna Fodor

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