• 11/23/2020

    The number of cars on Czech roads climbed by 112,000 in the first nine months of this year, according to data issued by the Confederation of the Automotive Industry on Monday. There are now 6.1 million cars in the Czech Republic, which has a population of 10.7 million.

    The average age of automobiles registered in the country has risen slightly to 15.17 years and one-third of all cars are made by Škoda.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/23/2020

    Some 1,509 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Sunday. This was less than the previous Sunday and was the lowest figure seen since September 28. There are around 87,000 active cases of the coronavirus and the number of deaths has reached 7,196, according to official Ministry of Health data.

    The score on the government’s index for calculating Covid risk fell to 57 on Monday. This newly places the country in the third highest risk level and, if sustained, could lead to the easing of some restrictions.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/23/2020

    The Czech Republic’s postal service plans to discontinue nearly 2,400 working positions from March. This will result in the laying off of around 1,500 people as not all the jobs are currently filled, a spokesperson for Czech Post said on Monday. The news site E15 said Prague would see the most redundancies.

    State company Czech Post will offer retraining courses to those who are laid off. It employs close to 29,000 people.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/23/2020

    It should be overcast on Tuesday, with an average temperature of 4 degrees Celsius. The clouds should part on Wednesday but that will be followed by several more grey days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/23/2020

    A group of senators have filed a complaint at the Constitutional Court against a government restriction on retailers aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. The legislators say the measure is discriminatory and threatens the futures of small shops and businesses. In an action filed on Saturday, the senators point to alleged ambiguities regarding the reason some small retailers have been ordered to close while others remain open.

    The government has brought in the regulation of customer numbers by size of store, but it has not allowed the reopening of small retailers previously ordered to close. However, such outlets could easily enforce this requirement, said senator Lukáš Wagenknecht of the Pirate Party.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/23/2020

    People donated 440 tons of food and hygiene products for the needy in the National Food Collection on Saturday, the biggest amount ever donated to this charity, the head of the Czech Food Banks Association Veronika Lachova told the ctk news agency. The collection will continue via e-shops and supermarket chains and corporations are expected to make separate donations in the days to come.

    The food collection is especially important this year because due to the coronavirus pandemic more people are asking for help. Food banks will also receive an additional 20 million crowns from the state this year, bringing the annual contribution from the state to 95 million crowns.

  • 11/23/2020

    Measures adopted to curb the spread of coronavirus have been further eased as of Monday, after the government lowered the nationwide risk-level from five to four within the Counter-Epidemic System [PES] on Friday.

    The fourth level is the second-highest risk level on the scale and allows for the gradual return to school of all primary school children, enables a maximum of six people to meet and shifts the night curfew from 9pm to 11pm. Theatre performances and concerts can take place online and libraries can re-open to the public via dispensing windows. The number of people allowed at weddings and funerals has been raised from 15 to 20.

    The majority of shops still remain closed and face-masks remain compulsory in all enclosed spaces and outdoor spaces where the required social distancing cannot be observed.

  • 11/22/2020

    Monday should be overcast around the country with some light showers and day temperatures between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius.

  • 11/22/2020

    The Christmas tree for Prague has been felled and will be transported to old Town Square in the night hours from Monday to Tuesday, the ctk news agency reported.

    The spruce is 18 metres tall and is from a private garden near Prague. The tree is between 35 and 40 years old and weighs 3.5 tons.

    This year it will be decorated in the country’s national colours – red, white and blue – and will be lit on the first Advent weekend.

  • 11/22/2020

    Health Minister Jan Blatný wants to propose repeated testing of selected groups by antigen tests and has suggested that the state should financially contribute to responsible companies that test employees at their own expense.

    Minister Blatný told TV prima on Sunday that the present testing system for Covid-19 in the Czech Republic costs about two to three billion crowns a month adding that it was important that such a large sum of money be invested wisely.

    The ministry said the testing strategy was being reviewed and would likely focus on high-risk groups in the future. According to him, it also makes sense to test more where larger numbers of people meet.

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