• 09/15/2021

    Results of blanket testing in Czech schools at the beginning of September showed that cases among schoolchildren are not rising, but rather slightly decreasing, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said on Wednesday. The ministry therefore does not plan to initiate another series of tests. However, preventative screening tests may be repeated during the autumn period, Mr Vojtěch said.

    A total of 3.2 million tests detected 438 positive coronavirus cases in Czech schools during three rounds of testing. Of these, 290 were detected in elementary schools and 148 in high schools.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    The Czech Republic’s GDP growth in the second quarter of 2021 was below the EU average, the Czech Statistics Agency reports. While in the EU GDP grew in the second quarter by 1.9 percent (13.2 percent year-on-year), in Czechia growth for the same period was estimated at 1 percent (8.2 percent year-on-year).

    Nevertheless, while all EU member states registered year-on-year growth in the second quarter, statisticians highlighted that GDP growth is still behind pre-Covid rates.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    Tuesday saw 553 people in the Czech Republic test positive for COVID-19, according to data from the Ministry of Health. While this is the second highest single daily rise since the end of May, compared with previous week’s Tuesday it is 30 cases fewer, the Czech News Agency reports.

    A total of 145 people required hospitalisation as of Wednesday morning. That is nearly 50 percent more than last week. 25 of the patients required intensive care.

    The reproduction number on Wednesday lay at 1.11, falling from Tuesday’s 1.18. However, the number, which indicates how many people get infected from one person with COVID-19, has been above 1 since August 26.

    Meanwhile, the incidence number - the average rate of individuals infected per 100,000 people - has recently been stagnating or falling in many regions. For example, in the most severely hit Karlovy Vary Region, the incidence number fell from Tuesday’s 47 to 40 on Wednesday. Prague’s incidence number also lies at 40, meaning that these are the two currently most affected regions in Czechia, followed by the Moravian-Silesian Region in third place (32 cases).

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    Czech climbers, who were stranded on Pakistan’s Rakaposhi Mountain since Friday, have been rescued by the country’s army helicopters.

    Climbers Jakub Vlček and Petr Macek and a local mountaineer Wajidullah Nagri were stranded at a height of 6,900 meter after conquering the peak on Friday.

    They started descending on Tuesday after receiving food and other items from a helicopter. They were picked up on Wednesday morning at a heigh of 6,000 meters and transported to the town of Gilgit.

    The Czechs were reportedly climbing without permits, which had complicated the bureaucracy for rescue operations.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2021

    President Miloš Zeman has granted his twentieth presidential pardon since being elected in 2013, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told the Czech News Agency on Tuesday. The recipient of the latest pardon is a chronically ill man charged with tax evasion.

    Prior to his election, President Zeman had said that he would only grant pardons in very exceptional cases, and transferred the power to conduct clemency reviews to the minister of justice.His most controversial pardon was of the country’s most notorious prisoner, Jiří Kajínek, who was then released after serving 23 years of a life sentence for two contract killings. The president said he was not convinced of Kajínek’s guilt.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2021

    The Czech Republic has placed 22nd on the Economic Freedom of the World Index published by Canada’s Fraser Institute, down by three spots compared to last year. At the same time, Czechia improved its overall score from last year’s 7.65 to 7.81 points.

    The index compares data from 162 countries, assessing a number of indicators, including the size of the public sector, the quality of legislation, foreign trade and overall regulation. Monetary issues and inflation are also taken into consideration.

    Hong Kong has traditionally placed top of the table, followed by Singapore and New Zealand.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2021

    The Czech Republic must do more to meet the European Union’s energy and climate targets by 2030. These stricter targets will compel the country to move away from coal more quickly than now planned, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which has carried out an in-depth review of Czech energy policy.

    The government should support people in the regions affected by this transition to a cleaner energy system in order to mitigate the economic and social consequences, the IEA said in a report.

    The report, which notes that coal still accounts for almost half of the Czech Republic’s electricity production, was presented by the agency’s head, Fatih Birol, who called on Prague to make greater use of various low-carbon energy sources.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2021

    Wednesday will be partly cloudy to overcast with occasional rain showers and day temperatures ranging between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2021

    President Miloš Zeman has been taken to Prague’s military hospital on Tuesday, the website Novinky.cz reported, adding that his office has refused to reveal any further details.

    The Czech head of state, who is 76, has low blood pressure, diabetes and polyfunctional neuropathy and is wheelchair-bound. He has in the past undergone several “reconditioning stays" in the hospital.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 09/14/2021

    Three climbers, two of them from the Czech Republic, who have been stranded on Pakistan’s Rakaposhi Mountain since Friday, started descending after receiving food and other items from a helicopter.

    Climbers Jakub Vlček and Petr Macek and Pakistani Wajidullah Nagri were stranded at a height of 6,900 meter after conquering the 7,788-metre-high peak on Friday.

    One of the Czech climbers is suffering from high altitude sickness, and both of them have frost bite.  Previous attempts to rescue them with a helicopter have failed due to unfavourable weather conditions.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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