• 04/24/2022

    Monday will see temperatures range around 14 degrees Celsius, with overcast skies and likely rainfall in the central and southern parts of the Czech Republic.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/24/2022

    EU Commissioner Věra Jourová told Czech Television on Sunday that she expects the European Union will pass a sixth package of sanctions on Russia next week.

    Aside from sanctions on the main Russian bank Sberbank, member states are also considering an embargo on energy imports. However, she says that some states who are dependent on Russian oil have reservations. The EU will also sanction more individuals and companies associated with the Kremlin regime, she said.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/24/2022

    The Czech government is not planning to raise taxes for companies due to the effects of the war in Ukraine and inflation, Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura said on Sunday. However, he did say that such an option would come into consideration if the war on Ukraine would be seen as impacting everyone and there are no signals to make that conclusion yet.

    Adjustments are instead being made to the government’s spending programme and to the pensions system, the minister said.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/24/2022

    Thus far, the Czech Republic has frozen Russian assets worth close to CZK 1 billion, Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura told Czech Television on Sunday. If this frozen wealth is designated as possibly supporting alleged Russian war crimes then, according to the minister, there can be talk of a possible future confiscation.

    EU states have frozen Russian assets worth a total of around EUR 37 billion. According to Commissioner Věra Jourová, the European Union is planing to strengthen the mandate of the Eurojust EU justice agency in order to invest war crimes in Ukraine.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/24/2022

    Cases of chickenpox and viral intestinal infections have risen among Czech children, according to a newly published statistic published by the State Health Institute. Cases of common infectious diseases are also growing, caused by the removal of mass coronavirus measures, the report states.

    Compared with the period running from January to March of 2021, there are now four times as many patients with chickenpox and ten times as many suffering from viral intestinal infections.

    Correction: The word was originally mistranslated as smallpox from Czech "Plané neštovice".

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/24/2022

    The Czech Post is changing its European package logistics system constructing a new sorting center in Mošnov, which will take off pressure from the company’s sorting branches in Olomouc and Ostrava, Czech Television reported on Sunday. The new logistics centre should begin operating from September and will connect the company’s air, rail and road logistics systems.

    The newer and larger sorting capacities will enable a faster package delivery system, the director of the north Moravian logistics branch, Radka Kolínská, told Czech Television.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/23/2022

    Sunday will see temperatures drop to an average of 13 degrees Celsius, with overcast skies and high likelihood of rainfall. Storms are expected in the south-eastern part of the country.

  • 04/23/2022

    The Czech Republic’s public debt has risen by CZK 128 billion over the past quarter to a total of CZK 2.59 trillion, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in its quarterly report on Friday. This converts to roughly CZK 247,000 per Czech citizen.

    The main reason behind the public debt rise is the standard emission of state bonds issued to pre-finance debt payments. The Ministry sold bonds worth CZK 134.2 billion crowns which have to be repaid within one year in the first quarter. This should cover 92 percent of the public debt repayments in this year.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/23/2022

    The Czech Republic would like to replace Russia as a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. The country’s Foreign Ministry announced on Twitter on Friday that an official candidature request has already been sent.

    A total of 47 states sit on the UN’s Human Rights Council, which focuses on the promotion of Human Rights around the world. Russia was kicked out of the Council at the beginning of April after a vote by the General Assembly.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/23/2022

    A total of 2,117 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, the lowest number since October 15 last year. Hospitalisations have fallen below 1,000, according to data published by the Ministry of Health. 47 patients are currently in intensive care units.

    However, the incidence number - the average number of cases detected over the past seven days per 100,000 people, has increased to an average of 131 infections.

    The coronavirus epidemic has been receding in the Czech Republic since February.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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