• 01/08/2022

    Czech tennis player Renata Voráčová, who lost her visa ahead of the Australian open, has left the country after taking a flight from Melbourne, AFP reported on Saturday.

    The doubles player had hoped to play in the grand slam but was denied participation due to not being vaccinated and only having a certificate of proof that she had successfully recovered from Covid-19.

    Unlike Novak Djokovic, who is facing similar problems, Ms Voráčová chose not to pursue the issue through court.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/08/2022

    Hundreds of residents in the South Bohemian region of Pošumaví organized a demonstration on Saturday to show their dissatisfaction with state considerations of building a nuclear waste storage facility in the area, the Czech News Agency reports.

    The protest was undertaken in the form of an annual “March for the conservation honoring and preserving nature and life”, which took the route along the area delineated for the considered facility that would house waste from nuclear power stations half a kilometer under ground from the year 2065.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/08/2022

    Sunday is expected to see temperatures ranging around 2 degrees Celsius with overcast skies in Moravia.

  • 01/08/2022

    Long-term Pirate Party Chairman Ivan Bartoš defended his position against three challengers on Saturday, after the party’s online leadership election.

    Mr Bartoš has been in charge of the Pirates for 10 years now and is seen as one of the most charismatic figures within the party. The victory means that he will be in charge of the party for at least the next two years.

    His challengers were economist Lukáš Wagenknecht, the co-founder of the auditing think-tank Good Governance, former acting chairwoman Jana Michailidu, who recently caused controversy by saying that she is a communist, and Ostrava city councilor David Witosz.

    Both Bartoš and Wagenknecht advanced into the second round in which the current leader was re-elected after receiving 662 votes out of the total of 948. A total of 265 party members voted for Lukáš Wagenknecht.

    Ivan Bartoš said that he was humbled by the trust placed in him yet again and that he saw his re-election as a welcome challenge. He said that the party must focus on doing a good job in government as well as on making regional Pirate politicians more visible publicly.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/08/2022

    The Czech Republic will purchase 50,000 packs of Pfizer’s novel COVID-19 oral antiviral medication paxlovid, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek announced on Friday.

    The country is expected to receive its first paxlovid delivery within 30 days of the agreement being officially signed. A quarter of the total order is expected to be delivered by the end of March, the Czech News Agency reports.

    The order is lower than the originally planned 100,000 packs.

    Aside from paxlovid, the Czech Republic already has another anti-Covid drug - molnupiravir, which was developed by the American pharmaceutical company Merck. More molnupiravir purchases are planned.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/08/2022

    Sales of antigen self-testing kits, especially for online retailers, have risen this week since the government announced that compulsory testing for workers would be reintroduced from January 17, a Czech News Agency survey shows.

    Some retailers have already announced that they do not have any self-testing kits left to sell. However, online retailers should are expected to have enough supplies, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday.

    From January 17, all employees in the Czech Republic will have to get themselves tested for coronavirus twice a week, the government announced earlier this week.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/08/2022

    Friday saw 6,666 people test positive for Covid-19 in the Czech Republic, a similar number to that recorded on the previous day and 1,700 more than on the same day last week, Health Ministry data show.

    The incidence rate a the average number of cases per 100,000 people has risen to an average of 404 cases. However, hospitalizations are falling, 2,500 people in hospital as opposed to last Friday’s 3,120.

    Prague currently has the highest number of cases in the country.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/07/2022

    Australian authorities have cancelled Czech doubles specialist Renata Voráčová’s visa and placed her in detention, making her the second tennis player after Serbian star Novak Djokovic to be barred from competing in the Australian Open.

    Voráčová had entered Melbourne with the same medical exemption for which Djokovic was denied access, having signified that she had recently recovered from Covid-19.

    While the world No.1 ranked Djokovic – an anti-vaxxer – opted to appeal his detention, Voráčová decided not to contest the cancellation of her visa and said she will leave Australia.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/07/2022

    Czech state honours, normally presented at Prague Castle by the head of state on the traditional October 28 Independence Day holiday, will be awarded on March 7, the anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.

    The ceremony had been twice postponed – first, due to the Covid pandemic, it was pushed back to New Year’s Day, and then indefinitely after President Miloš Zeman tested positive for the virus shortly after being released from a month-long hospital stay.

    The 2020 ceremony did not take place at all due to the Covid situation, so laureates from that year and 2021 will be presented with medals and orders together at the March 7 ceremony.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/07/2022

    Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek has presented the team of experts who will help him tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The National Institute for Pandemic Control (NIZP), led by epidemiologist Roman Chlíbek, will be comprised mainly of doctors. It will also have an analytical team led by mathematician Lenka Přibylová and include Catholic priest Marek Orko Vácha.

    According to the Ministry, the NIZP will draw up recommendations with proposed measures then to be discussed by the Central Crisis Staff and other various ministers, who will also consult regional governors.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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