Great astronomer Luboš Perek dies at 10109/17/2020
The great Czech astronomer Luboš Perek has died at the age of 101. He headed the Institute of Astronomy at the country’s Academy of Sciences for several years and was also secretary general of the International Astronomical Union.
The largest telescope in the Czech Republic is named after the scientist, as is the asteroid 2900 Luboš Perek.
Firm says Belarus truck was collecting building material, not stun grenades09/17/2020
A Belarusian truck seen at an industrial zone at Bojkovice in the southeast of the Czech Republic picked up aluminum paste used in construction at the firm Albo Schlenk. A company representative provided this information to the Czech News Agency on Thursday after reports that the lorry had collected stun grenades from an adjacent company, Zeveta Ammunition.
Zeveta representatives have previously denied that their products were used against demonstrators in Belarus.
It should be mainly clear in the Czech Republic on Friday, with average temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius. An overcast Saturday is then expected to be followed by more sunny weather.
Slavia to face Midtjylland in Champion's League qualifier09/17/2020
Slavia Prague will face Danish side Midtjylland in the upcoming play-off round for a place in the Champion’s League group stage after Midtjylland beat Swiss team Young Boys Bern 3-0 in Wednesday’s match of the third qualifying round.
The two teams are first set to clash in Prague next Tuesday, with the second-leg of the game taking place on Wednesday, September 30, in Denmark.
The winner of the play-off round will advance to the group stages of Europe’s most prestigious international club tournament.
Number of new cases in Czechia exceeds 2,000 for first time09/17/2020
The number of people testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus on Wednesday reached 2,139, according to Ministry of Health data. It is the first time that the daily rise has crossed the 2,000 mark. Since the virus was first detected in the country in March, 41,032 people have tested positive for COVID-19, three fifths of which have since recovered. Currently, 17,619 people are fighting the disease.
Most patients are experiencing no or only mild symptoms. However, as the rate of new infections rises, the amount of people infected with COVID-19 who require hospitalisation is also growing slowly, rising by a third compared to last week.
Tuesday data shows that the number of hospitalised was lay at 388. That is 55 more people than on Monday. The amount of patients in serious condition lay at 81. Thus far, 482 people have died in the Czech Republic after contracting the virus, 58 of them in September.
Health ministry to tighten restrictions on indoor events from Friday09/16/2020
Indoor events where more than ten people have to stand will be banned from 6pm Friday, the Ministry of Health informed via press release on Wednesday evening. The new rule includes restaurants, bars and clubs. However, exhibits, markets and similar events are exempt from the rule. Those events where people can be seated, have to sell tickets with the specific seat marked.
The announcement follows an indication earlier on Wednesday by Health Minister Adam Vojtěch in the Chamber of Deputies. He said the aim of such a measure will be to curb the rising amount of new cases registered in the country.
During the lower-house debate on the current COVID-19 situation in the country, Mr. Vojtěch said that the majority of those infected are people in their 20s who got infected at events such as clubbing and that they could be the main spreaders of the virus among those most at risk from the virus.
The health minister said that the rise in cases will continue in the near future with the amount being similar to that registered over recent days. He said that the ministry is modeling scenarios of how the situation may develop with the aim of stabilizing the spread of the pandemic.
General Faculty Hospital in Prague announces major investment plan09/16/2020
The General Faculty Hospital in Prague plans to spend CZK 8 billion on reconstructing its facilities, as well as constructing new buildings. Work is set to begin next year, hospital director Davida Feltla announced on Wednesday, saying that the aim is to increase centralisation as the hospital is currently spread around 20 places in the capital.
The plan is to construct two new blocs in the main area of the hospital on Prague’s Karlovo náměstí worth a total of CZK 3.5 billion, which will house local, but also currently remote sections such as the transfusions department currently in Zbraslav and the children’s ward in Klárov.
A further CZK 2 billion will be invested in modernising the hospital’s gynecology and birth clinic, while CZK 150 million worth of EU funds will be spent on improving the addictology clinic.
Czech Army signs contract to modernise its T-72 tanks09/16/2020
The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with state firm VOP CZ to modernise its T-72M4CZ tanks. The cost of modernising the 33 vehicles lies at CZK 1,098 billion. According to the ministry, this will increase the models longevity until 2030.
A total of 27 of the T-72M4CZ’s are battle tanks, three are command tanks and the contract also includes three VT-72M4CZ rescue tanks.
The contract was originally supposed to be signed by the end of 2019, but the process was delayed at least in part due to the fact that the price was originally not disclosed, something that displeased critics.
Thursday will see temperatures ranging between 19 to 23 degrees Celsius with partly cloudy skies. No rainfall is expected.
Lower-house approves ban on caged chicken farming from 202709/16/2020
The Chamber of Deputies has voted in favour of a proposed legislation that would ban farming chickens in cages starting from the year 2027 onwards.
Those in favour of the bill argued that conditions in cages are unfitting for chickens and that data on consumer behaviour suggests people prefer buying their eggs from businesses that keep their chickens in open spaces or in halls.
Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman argued against the bill, saying that he wanted the ban to first be passed by the European Union, as the ban could damage Czech businesses if not implemented across the union. The European Council is set to discuss the issue on Monday, he said.