Czech Indian summer set to continue09/19/2020
The Czech Republic’s current Indian summer is set to continue, with daytime highs likely to reach around 25 degrees Celsius in the coming week, according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
Temperatures should start to fall at the end of next week but will still be above average for the time of year in the coming month. Precipitation is expected to match the long-term average.
Zeman signs into law abolition of real estate acquisition tax09/19/2020
President Miloš Zeman has signed into law a bill abolishing the Czech Republic’s real estate acquisition tax, his spokesperson said. In recent years the 4-percent tax paid by the buyer of property brought CZK 13 billion into the state coffers, the Czech News Agency said.
The minister of finance, Alena Schillerová, had earlier said that the tax would in fact be abolished retroactively from the end of March as the deadline for paying the tax had been postponed to the end of August in view of the coronavirus crisis. If somebody paid it, the money will be returned.
Prague now in highest risk category on national Covid map09/19/2020
Prague is now classed red on a national Covid-19 map operated by the Ministry of Health. Red is the highest level in the country’s “traffic light” rating system and signals growing or persistent community transmission of the coronavirus.
Ten districts are now rated amber, meaning they are medium risk as regards Covid-19. The map was updated on Friday evening on the basis of data from September 8 to 14.
The minister of health, Adam Vojtech, said that the reproduction number of the virus in Prague was 1.8. He has previously said that if the number reached 2 at national level the country’s schools would be closed. On Monday the national reproduction number was 1.59.
New Covid cases fall Friday but still third highest recorded09/19/2020
Some 2,111 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Friday. The figure was below the 3,130 detected the previous day but – after the 2,139 on Wednesday – is still the third highest seen since the pandemic hit the country at the start of March.
Five people died with the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths to 495, according to Ministry of Health data.
There are 480 people in hospital with the coronavirus, 93 in a serious condition.
A number of restrictions have been introduced in a bid to contain the spread of the virus, which has risen sharply in recent weeks.
Hygiene officials unveil new measures, including ban on hospital visits in Prague09/18/2020
Hygiene officials have announced new measures aimed at curbing the increasing spread of Covid-19. Starting next Monday, people in Prague and Central Bohemian region will be required to wear a face mask at outdoor events with more than 100 people, health authorities announced on Friday.
The measure will apply to open-air markets and festivals as well as sporting and cultural events. Exceptions will be in place for children under the age of two, actors, musicians and athletes in training.
A ban on visits to hospitals and social facilities, with the exception of underage and terminally ill patients, will come into effect in Prague at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Coronavirus: Czech Republic on Slovakia’s risky travel ‘red list’09/18/2020
Starting this Friday, the Czech Republic is on Slovakia’s "red list" of countries, where there is a high risk of Covid-19 infection. Czechs travelling to Slovakia must present a negative test result no older than 72 hours or go into quarantine for five days upon arrival and then be tested.
There are some exceptions in place, including for cross-border job commuters, students, teachers, health professionals and sportsmen.
PM Babiš to reactivate Central Crisis Staff due to Covid-19 crisis09/18/2020
The government will reactivate the country’s Central Crisis Staff to deal with the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told the daily Deník on Friday. Mr Babiš said it should work as a platform for communication between the Ministry of Health and the regions.
The prime minister had initially refused to renew the work of the Central Crisis Staff’s work, despite calls from the Social Democrats and most of the opposition parties to do so, arguing that the activity of the Government Council for Health Risks was sufficient.
The government first activated the Central Crisis Staff on March 16, after the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. It is headed by Interior Minister Jan Hamáček.
Prague to introduce distance learning in secondary schools and universities09/18/2020
Starting next week, universities in the Czech capital will introduce distance learning, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib announced on Friday. Mr Hřib said Prague will be moved to the ‘red’ or high-risk category on the national ‘traffic light’ system under which coronavirus risk is assessed.
Mr Hřib made the decision after discussing the situation with hygienists. According to Prague’s chief hygiene officer, Zdeňka Jágrová, there were 29 schools affected by the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday, with around 30 teachers and students testing positive.
As of Friday, older pupils at elementary schools and students at secondary schools throughout the Czech Republic are required to wear face masks.
Febiofest film festival gets underway09/18/2020
The 27th edition of Prague film festival Febiofest gets underway on Friday evening. The event will open with a documentary about Karel Gott by Olga Malířová Špátová, which captures the late singer on tour at home and abroad.
This year’s Kristián awards for contribution to cinema, handed out at the opening ceremony, will go to actors Iva Janžurová and Milan Lasica. The festival will also pay a tribute to director Jiří Menzel, who died recently at the age of 82.
The festival was due to take place in the spring but was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Visitors to the festival will be required to wear face masks and observe safe distances in the screening halls.
The popular film showcase will run at Cinema City Slovanský Dům and several other venues in Prague until September 25, before moving on to other towns and cities in the Czech Republic.
Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with daytime highs ranging between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.