• 11/22/2020

    People are finding it increasingly difficult to deal with the side effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of various restrictions on their daily lives, according to divorce lawyers and other experts associated in Koroporadna, an agency offering assistance in the field of family law.

    Its members say that while the first wave of the pandemic in the spring brought families together, now the number of break-ups and divorces is increasing as a result of financial and psychological problems.

    The president of the Union of Family Lawyers Daniela Kovářová says that even people who have held on and helped others are now asking for help more and more often, best by financial problems, uncertainty about what the future will bring and growing exhaustion.

  • 11/22/2020

    In the past decade, wages in the Czech Republic have risen by 51 percent, which is the most compared to neighbouring countries. Wages in the Czech Republic have been growing almost twice as fast as in Germany or Slovakia, according to a survey by the company Purple Trading.

    The slowest wage growth is in Germany, where wages grew by 26.5 percent in the last ten years, followed by Slovakia with a growth of 27.1 percent, and Poland with 34 percent. Wages in Austria have risen by 36.9 percent since 2010.

    Nominally, however, the Czech Republic is way behind Germany, where the gross monthly wage reaches the equivalent of 106,436 crowns, which is 193 percent more than in the Czech Republic.

  • 11/22/2020

    Thousands of people contributed to the National Food Collection on Saturday buying food for the needy in over 600 stores and supermarkets and via two e-shops. The collection in aid of charity is especially important this year because due to the coronavirus pandemic food banks were fast running out of supplies.

    Food banks will also receive an additional 20 million crowns from the state this year, in line with the government’s decision on Friday. The overall contribution to food banks from the state will thus reach 95 million crowns and the government has promised to help further if needed.

  • 11/22/2020

    The Czech Republic registered 3,187 new cases of Covid on Saturday, about 1,000 less than on the same day a week ago.  The gradual decrease in cases continues. 5,809 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Friday, 665 fewer than on the previous day.

    The number of deaths over the past two days was under 200, which was the average daily death toll several days ago. The overall coronavirus death toll has now crossed the 7,000 mark, having doubled since the end of October.

    The number of people fighting the infection is now at 88,825 with over 6,000 people hospitalized.

  • 11/21/2020

    Sunday should be partly cloudy to overcast with day temperatures between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius.

  • 11/21/2020

    The annual Night of Theatres festival due to take place on Saturday night, will be held online this year with a video-program that will interconnect 28 theatres from 9 cities throughout the Czech Republic.

    People can watch it on the IDU YouTube channel or the Theatre Night Facebook profile. Viewers will be treated to an eight-hour program – made up of virtual tours, live broadcasts or interactive games for children and adults.

    The theme of the eighth year of the Night of Theatres is sustainability. It was chosen before the pandemic in connection with the growing interest in ecology and the pressure on the sustainability of life on Earth.

  • 11/21/2020

    Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček has dismissed suggestions that the tax reform pushed through by the prime minister’s ANO party against the wishes of its junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, will bring down the government.

    Minister Havlíček told the news site novinky.cz that he was sure the rift between the ruling parties can be patched up, especially at a time when there were important tasks ahead, such as dealing with the coronavirus crisis and its economic impacts.

    The ANO party on Thursday pushed through a bill that will lower income tax from the present 20 percent to 15 percent for low and medium income groups, and introduce a 23 percent tax for people with an income of over 139,000 crowns a month.

    It was approved with support from the Communist Party and the centre-right Civic Democrats, who have long pushed for lower taxes, against the will of the Social Democrats. Although the junior coalition party originally supported the proposal, it changed its stance in favour of a 19 and 23 percent tax, because of the huge fall-out in state revenues.

  • 11/21/2020

    A rare 5,000-crown Czechoslovak banknote from 1919 was sold in auction for 12.1 million crowns on Friday evening.

    The banknote, of which there are only 36 existing copies, appeared in an online auction after 26 long years.

    The starting price was set at one million crowns.

  • 11/21/2020

    People can donate food and basic hygiene products for the needy on Saturday within the National Food Collection.

    Shops and supermarket chains around the country have joined the collection in aid of charity which is especially important this year because due to the coronavirus pandemic food banks are running out of supplies.

    The situation is reported to be worst in Prague and the northern regions, where an increasing number of people are asking for help in securing basic food supplies.

    In most shops goods are being collected by volunteers between 8am and 6pm. People can also donate products bought online.

  • 11/21/2020

    All shops, restaurants and services could open before the end of November, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček told journalists at a press briefing in Prague on Friday.

    The deputy prime minister said that if the epidemiological situation continues to improve the government would downgrade the risk-level to three in ten days’ time, which would enable stores, restaurants and services to reopen under strict safety measures.

    This would include, for example, only one customer per 15 square meters in stores. The same conditions would apply in libraries.