• 09/16/2021

    The Czech volleyball team has been knocked out of the European Championships after losing 0:3 on sets to Slovenia in the quarter-finals in Ostrava on Wednesday. The match was attended by an unusually high number of home fans - more than 5,000 - who honoured the team by chanting "Hoši, děkujem!" (Thanks boys) after the match.

    The Czech team, which had managed to knock-out Olympic champions France in the previous last-16 match, were not able to repeat the miracle against the Slovene team, losing 21:25, 19:25 a 25:27.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    The state of President Miloš Zeman’s health is not serious. He went into hospital care after consulting doctors, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Radio Impuls on Wednesday. Mr Babiš said that he is informed about the condition of the head of state and does not believe that there are any reasons to be concerned.

    President Zeman was transferred to the Military University Hospital in Prague on Tuesday. However, no explanation beyond his presence there was given to the media either from Prague Castle or the hospital.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    Václav Klaus, who was President of the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2013, may be released from the Military University Hospital in Prague by the end of this week, his spokesman Petr Mancinka reportedly told news site Seznam Zprávy.

    Former President Klaus was taken to the hospital last week due to hypertension problems. He was shortly released thereafter, but had to return on Tuesday.  However, it now looks like he could be spending the weekend at his home, Petr Macinka said.

    The hospital, in which Václav Klaus is currently staying, is also tending to current Czech President Miloš Zeman.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    The planned construction of a 40GWh car battery “gigafactory” in the Czech Republic could raise Czech GDP by CZK 172 billion and create thousands of new jobs in the country, according to a Deloitte study commissioned for the Czech Modern Energy Union.

    Deloitte analysts believe that around 6,000 new jobs would be created already during the initial investment phase, with a further 33,000 jobs being created once the gigafactory starts production. Public finances across the government, regional and district levels would benefit by CZK 49 billion crowns, the study claims.

    In July, the Czech government signed a memorandum with state-owned energy conglomerate ČEZ regarding the establishment of a gigafactory. Now it is looking for suitable investors and strategic partners who would start construction.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    Thursday is expected to see temperatures range between 21 to 25 degrees Celsius, with warmer weather likely in the Moravian regions. Overcast skies and rain are expected in all regions except Silesia.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 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

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