• 09/13/2021

    The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková has climbed from fourth to third in the world rankings after reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open last week. After also reaching that point in the Grand Slam tournament Barbora Krejčíková has moved up from her previous career best ninth place to seventh in the rankings. Their compatriot Petra Kvitová, who was knocked out in the third round in New York, has returned to the top 10.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/13/2021

    The Czech minister of health, Adam Vojtěch, says there is no reason to panic over Covid-19 and that key indicators regarding the virus are currently acceptable. Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Mr. Vojtěch said the immunization of Czech society – due to both vaccinations and Covid infections – was currently making itself felt. He said the virus would spread far less this autumn than in the same period last year.

    For his part the head of the Institute for Health Statistics, Ladislav Dušek, said that while the indicators were acceptable, the epidemic was still increasing in intensity. Mr. Dušek said that increases in Covid infection rates were predictable in view of the post-holidays return to school and work.

    Minister Vojtěch also said people who were proven to have antibodies from a previous Covid infection could receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who have had Covid and have received two rounds of a vaccine will not require a third one, he said.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/13/2021

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, with an average high temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. After reaching the mid-20s Celsius on Wednesday daytime highs will fall over the following week.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/13/2021

    A number of well-known Czech artists performed at a special tribute concert for the late musician Ivan Král in Prague on Sunday evening. Miro Žbirka, Aneta Langerová and Albert Černý were among those who played songs written by Král, who died early last year at the age of 71.

    The Prague-born songwriter and guitarist made a mark on rock history as a member of the Patti Smith Group and worked for a period with Iggy Pop.

    Sunday’s concert was part of a three-day festival entitled Metronome Prague Warm Up.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/13/2021

    Some 76,300 deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic in the first half of 2021, a one-third increase on the same period last year, when the country first felt the impact of the coronavirus epidemic. The figures were released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday.

    Despite the high death rate, the population had again climbed to above 10.7 million at the end of June, having fallen slightly below that figure at the close of the first quarter of 2021.

    The Czech population rose by 1,200 in the first six months of this year, the lowest increase for that period seen in eight years.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/13/2021

    Under no circumstances should the Czech Republic recognise the rule of the Taliban, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek said on Sunday. However, it will be necessary to communicate with the organisation somehow. Most important is that the European Union finds a common approach, Mr Kulhánek said. The statement was made before the foreign minister’s flight to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the Czech News Agency reports.

    Last week saw the Taliban announce its interim government in Afghanistan, more than three weeks after seizing control of the country. According to the European Union, the Taliban’s interim government is not inclusive and does not reflect the ethnic and religious diversity of the Afghan population.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/13/2021

    Sunday saw hospitalisations of patients infected with COVID-19 reach their highest number since June 17, with 113 people in hospital of which 17 require intensive care. However, the number of people who tested positive for the virus on Sunday – 138 – is similar to the one detected a week ago. The reproduction number fell on Sunday from 1.4 to 1.2.

    Currently, the hotspot of the COVID-19 epidemic in Czechia is the Karlovy Vary Region, where the incidence number - the weekly average number of cases per 100,000 people in the population - lies at 48. Prague, trails just behind with an incidence number of 42. The least affected area is currently the Liberec Region, with an incidence number of 11.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/12/2021

    Monday will see overcast skies across the Czech Republic with temperatures hovering around 23 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/12/2021

    Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek is currently on a four day visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Traveling with the minister is a business delegation numbering 20 Czech exporters led by the Czech Confederation of Industry, the latter informed on its website. It includes representatives from the ICT, energy, construction and health sectors.

    The Czech business representatives are set to meet with their foreign counterparts preparing for the EXPO 2020 business forum in Dubai, which will be taking place next month. Confederation of Industry President Jaroslav Hanák said in a press release that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are planning to invest into smart cities, renewable energy sources and space industry in upcoming years - all areas where Czech industry has much to offer.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/12/2021

    In a newly released STEM agency poll, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s ANO party placed first with 32.4 percent of the vote, CNN Prima News reported on Sunday.

    The opposition coalition Spolu (Civic Democrats, Christian Democrats, TOP09) placed second with 20 percent of the vote, followed by the Pirate Party and Mayors and Independents election coalition with 18 percent.

    Two more parties would pass the 5 percent threshold to get into the Czech Chamber of Deputies according to the poll, namely the right-wing Freedom and Direct Democracy party with 11.8 percent and the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, which was chosen by 5.4 percent of voters questioned in the poll.

    The Social Democrats, who are currently ANO’s minor government coalition partner, only scored 4.4 percent in the STEM survey, meaning that they would not get enough votes to get into the lower-house.

    Elections into the Czech Chamber of Deputies are set to take place this year from October 8 to October 9.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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