• 11/21/2020

    The Czech Republic registered 5,809 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, 1,548 fewer than Friday last week and 665 fewer than on Thursday. The number of people fighting the infection is now at 90,669 with roughly 6,300 people hospitalized.

    The coronavirus death toll has now crossed the 7,000 mark, having doubled since the end of October. The highest daily coronavirus related death toll was on November 3 when 257 people died.

    The number of newly infected in Prague was 502, the highest number in nine days.

  • 11/20/2020

    The government on Friday downgraded the Covid-19 risk from the fifth to the fourth level on a five level scale, opening the way for a slight easing of restrictions as of Monday.

    The fourth level is the second-highest risk level on the scale and will allow for the gradual return to school of all primary school children, enable a maximum of six people to meet and shift the night curfew from 9pm to 11pm.

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

    Coronavirus numbers have slowly been dropping, but according to Health Minister Jan Blatný there are significant differences between individual regions and community transmissions continue, with the infection still spreading among senior citizens at a rate of about 1,000 new cases a day.

    The reproduction number has dropped to 0,7. The situation in Prague, which was hit first, is now significantly better than in the rest of the country, Health Ministry data show.

  • 11/20/2020

    Saturday should be clear to partly cloudy with day temperatures between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.

  • 11/20/2020

    The lower house has approved the abolition of the “super gross” wage, as the base for calculating employee income tax.

    The bill proposed by the government would see income tax cut from the present 20 percent to 15 percent for low and medium income groups. People with an income of over 139,000 crowns a month would pay a 23 percent tax.

    The abolition would be valid for two years only, allowing for changes depending on the country’s post-pandemic economic development.

    The bill still needs to win approval in the Senate and be signed into law by the president.

  • 11/20/2020

    The Czech Republic registered 6,471 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, 1,402 cases lower than on the same day last week, but still the highest increase in the past six days.

    Presently under 100,000 people are fighting the infection.

    The number of coronavirus-related deaths has reached 6,874. While at the end of October there were around 15,000 new cases daily, the daily increase in cases has now dropped to between 4,000 and 6,000.

    Fewer people are being tested, but the number of positive cases in the overall number of tests conducted has dropped from 30 to 25 percent.

  • 11/20/2020

    A rapid test for Covid-19 developed by the medical faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc has received official certification and can now be applied in practice.

    The test can produce a positive or negative result for coronavirus within an hour and costs a third of the price of a conventional PCR kit.

    Eva Krigeova, head of the research team which developed the test, says it is not intended to replace PCR tests, but when applied in old-age homes, factories or schools it could help detect symptomless persons with an acute COVID-19 infection and thus help prevent the spread of the infection.

  • 11/20/2020

    The 2020 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CE list of the fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe is dominated by Czech companies, with 21 Czech companies listed in the top 50.

    The logistics startup DoDo placed second, the real estate rentals UlovDomov.cz third and the FAVI furniture search engine fourth.

    The winner is the Polish manufacturer of custom packaging Packhelp.

  • 11/20/2020

    The head of the Czech counter intelligence service BIS, Michal Koudelka, has said there are indications a smear campaign is being prepared against the organization.

    Koudelka told the news site  Denik N the activity of the counterintelligence service was a thorn in the side of certain groups active in the country.

    In its annual reports, the BIS repeatedly draws attention to the activities of mainly Chinese and Russian agents in the Czech Republic.

    The work of the service has been repeatedly criticized by President Miloš Zeman, who this week handed over to the prime minister documents that allegedly prove Michal Koudelka is a poor manager.

  • 11/19/2020

    Health Minister Jan Blatný has said that the improving epidemiological situation merits an easing of coronavirus restrictions and should see the country move from the highest risk-level on the government’s five-grade scale to the second-highest as of next Monday.

    This should allow for the gradual return to school of all primary school children, enable a maximum of six people to meet and shift the night curfew from 9pm to 11pm. An official announcement is expected on Friday.

  • 11/19/2020

    Friday should be partly cloudy to overcast with day temperatures between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.