• Czech retailers hit by coronavirus crisis start summer sales early

    06/28/2020

    Retailers in the Czech Republic have begun their summer sales earlier than in previous years because of the coronavirus crisis, the Czech News Agency reported. Some shops have started offering discounts a fortnight earlier than usual and in some cases summer sales have more or less followed directly on from spring ones.

    Markdowns are also higher than usual, retailers say. Customers are most likely to find bargains in big cities, which normally attract foreign tourists.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Weather forecast

    06/28/2020

    Monday should be overcast and rainy in the Czech Republic, with temperatures of up to 19 degrees Celsius. The following couple of days are expected to see clear skies.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Czech schools lack 6,000 teachers

    06/28/2020

    The Czech Republic lacks around 6,000 teachers and the situation could get even worse, Czech Television reported. A new bill aimed at making it easier for schools to hire university graduates who have not undergone formal teacher training should help the situation.

    However, officials at the Czech Schools Inspectorate say is not clear whether some older teachers will go into retirement sooner than they originally planned due to the coronavirus situation, Czech Television said.

    The average age of teachers in Czech schools is 47 and there are fears that as many as 11,000 teachers may be lacking in four years’ time.

  • 260 new cases of Covid-19, highest figure since April 8, recorded Saturday

    06/28/2020

    Saturday saw 260 freshly detected cases of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic, which was the highest one-day rise since April 8 and was almost 100 more than for Friday.

    The country’s chief hygiene officer, Jarmila Rážová, told Czech Radio that the jump on Friday had reflected intensive testing in parts of the country with local outbreaks of the coronavirus, including at a mine in the Moravian Silesian Region and a car parts factory in the Liberec Region.

    As of Sunday morning at 8 a.m., a total of 11,298 cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in the Czech Republic. Some 347 people have died with coronavirus.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Border restrictions on Poland’s Silesian Voivodeship to be lifted next week

    06/27/2020

    Border restrictions between the Czech Republic and the Silesian Voivodeship in Poland will be eased from next week, the Czech minster of health, Adam Vojtěch, said on Saturday. Neither Czechs nor foreigners entering Czech territory from that part of Poland will need to produce a negative test for Covid-19 or enter quarantine, he said.

    Such measures have been in place because of a relatively high incidence of the coronavirus on the Polish side of the border. This has caused complications for the closely connected communities on both sides of the border.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Chinese ambassador: There is no reason to destroy mutual relations

    06/27/2020

    China’s ambassador to the Czech Republic says he does not see why the countries would insist on destroying mutual relations that are in the interest of both nations. Zhang Jianmin made the comment in an interview for the Czech News Agency centred on a planned trip to Taiwan by Czech Senate speaker Miloš Vystrčil. Mr. Zhang said some people were still stuck in a Cold War mentality and overlooked facts and believed everything stemmed from ideology or political objectives.

    Mr. Vystrčil has said he will visit Taiwan in late August not just for business reasons but also because in his view senior Czech politicians have not responded sufficiently to Chinese pressure to abandon the planned trip.

    Earlier this year China put pressure on the previous upper house speaker, Jaroslav Kubera, to drop his intention to visit Taiwan. Mr. Kubera died of a heart attack soon afterwards.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Highest number of new Covid-19 cases since mid-April recorded Friday

    06/27/2020

    Some 168 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in the Czech Republic on Friday, the highest figure for a single day since April 11. Daily increases have fluctuated markedly in recent weeks due to targeted testing carried out in parts of the country where local outbreaks have occurred.

    On Friday comprehensive testing of workers at the ČSM-Sever mine in Stonava in Karviná in the Moravian-Silesian Region was launched.

    According to Czech Ministry of Health information as of Saturday at 11 a.m., a total of 11,044 cases of the coronavirus have been discovered in the Czech Republic. Some 349 people have died with the disease it causes.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Weather forecast

    06/27/2020

    Sunday should be overcast in the Czech Republic, with temperatures of up to 27 degrees Celsius. More cloudy weather can be expected for much of the following week.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Public dinner party planned for Charles Bridge Tuesday

    06/27/2020

    A 500-metre table is set to be placed on Prague’s Charles Bridge on Tuesday evening for a public dinner party that organisers say will mark a farewell to the difficult coronavirus period. People are being encouraged to bring food to the event, which will run from 6 to 10 pm.

    Organiser Ondřej Kobza was quoted by news site iDnes.cz as saying visitors could share food with strangers in an “act of trust” following the coronavirus emergency. Prague 1 mayor Petr Hejma said the table – covered in white table cloths – would be separated into different sections and hand sanitizer would be available.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Saturday marks 70th anniversary of execution of Milada Horáková

    06/27/2020

    Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the execution of politician Milada Horáková by Czechoslovakia’s Communist regime following a show trial. While the Communists put nearly 180 people to death for political reasons, Horáková – who had been active in the resistance during the war – was the only woman to meet that fate, following a show trial.

    A major civic campaign has placed her image on public buildings with the words Killed by Communists. The same message was projected onto the headquarters of the present-day Communist Party in Prague from midnight Friday to around 6 a.m., the time of her hanging on June 27, 1950. That date is now Commemoration Day for the Victims of the Communist Regime in the Czech Republic.

    Saturday also saw a celebration of her legacy at a monument to Milada Horáková in Prague. At another event at the city's memorial to the victims of communism, Senate speaker Miloš Vystrčil said truth, rectitude and justice had meant more to her than her own life.

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