• 06/19/2021

    The Czech Republic drew 1:1 with Croatia in their second group game at the European Football Championship in Glasgow on Friday evening. The Czechs took the lead on 37 minutes after Patrik Schick converted a penalty, before the Croats equalised shortly after the half-time break through Ivan Perisic.

    The result leaves the Czechs with a good chance of reaching the knockout stages at the Euros. Their next game is against England on Tuesday.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/18/2021

    The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) has put the Czech Republic on its list of low-risk (green) states, which will facilitate travel to and from EU member states.

    The Czech Republic has also moved to ease travel restrictions, adding the United States, Taiwan, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Northern Macedonia to its list of safe countries for coronavirus infection as of Monday. Other non-EU countries with the same status are Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

    The Foreign Ministry launched a new travel website (dovolena2021.cz) on Thursday listing the conditions for travel to selected holiday destinations.

  • 06/18/2021

    The scorching hot weather should continue through the weekend with clear skies and temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius.

  • 06/18/2021

    The heads of care homes and homes for the elderly say they have no way of forcing employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The vast majority of clients have undergone inoculation and were given top priority in the vaccination scheme, but in many care homes up to a fifth of employees, mainly younger people, have refused to get vaccinated. In a recent case publicized by the media an employee who refused the vaccine and contracted Covid-19 infected an elderly patient who was vaccinated and who later died of the infection. In some care homes the management says it would welcome compulsory vaccination for people working with at-risk and elderly patients, others fear that such a step would lead to a shortage of employees.

  • 06/18/2021

    Some districts in the Czech Republic are free of new Covid-19 cases, Ladislav Dušek, head of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, told journalists on Friday. He said other districts had under 10 new cases a day and community transmissions were disappearing. The Czech Republic registered 163 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. The number of people hospitalized with the infection has dropped to 107. Despite the positive trend experts are advising caution in view of the possible spread of the Indian mutation in Europe.

  • 06/18/2021

    A mobile phone application for storing Covid certificates will be launched by the end of June, according to the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies.  An ap for their verification was released on Wednesday for devices with the iOS operating system from Apple and for Android.

    Czechs will be able to download certificates of negative Covid tests, previous infection, and vaccination from the webpage of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (Ocko.UZIS.cz)

    People can use the certificate for entry to restaurants, cultural or sporting events, when visiting swimming pools or a hairdresser.

  • 06/18/2021

    Russia has banned the import of feed and feed additives from the Czech Republic, the TASS agency reported on Friday, citing the country’s veterinary authority. The chief veterinary officer said the ban on imports, effective from June 21, is temporary, and was enforced on the basis of unsatisfactory results of an inspection of imported Czech feed and additives to Russia.

  • 06/18/2021

    This year’s “Gloria Musaealis” award for best museum project went to the historic Libušín chalet in the Beskydy Mountains, which was renovated after a fire.

    The Libušín and Maměnka chalets, which opened at Pustevny in 1899, have become a symbol of the Beskydy Mountains.

    Jindřich Ondruš, director of National Open Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, which administers the buildings, received the award for the national cultural monument restoration.

    Ondruš thanked the experts and craftsmen who carried out the reconstruction, as well as all people who contributed funds to realise it.

    In total 56 museums and galleries submitted 98 projects to be considered in this 19th year of the “Gloria Musaealis” award.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 06/18/2021

    The Czech Republic will add the United States, Taiwan, Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Northern Macedonia to its list of safe countries for coronavirus infection as of Monday. The move comes just ahead of the prime tourist season.

    Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek told journalists that those countries will be designated “green” on the so-called travel risk map. But tourists will still have to produce a negative coronavirus test result or proof of vaccination at hotels and other establishments.

    Other non-EU countries with the same status are Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

    The Foreign Ministry launched a new travel website (dovolena2021.cz) on Thursday listing the conditions for travel to 14 selected holiday destinations. The website presents information on Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Egypt.

    People returning to the Czech Republic from the highest risk (dark red) countries will not have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and had their second shot at least two weeks ago.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 06/17/2021

    Officials in the Ústí nad Labem region have confirmed a total of 12 cases of the coronavirus Delta mutation (formerly known as the Indian variant), all among residents of the town of Děčín. None had been vaccinated.

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, 123,608 people in the Ústí nad Labem region have been infected and 2,548 people have died.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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