• Czech Republic set for Indian summer in coming month

    09/12/2020

    People in the Czech Republic can look forward to an Indian summer in the coming weeks. Temperatures should be above-average for the time of year over a four-week period, with next week set to be the warmest and driest, according to a regular monthly forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Number of new daily Covid cases in CR nears 1,500

    09/12/2020

    Some 1,447 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Friday, the highest number for one day since the pandemic began. It was the fourth day in succession that over 1,000 cases were detected in the country. The number of people known to have the virus at present is 12,260, which is also the largest number since the first cases were detected. The number of coronavirus patients in hospital is 264.

    Five other districts, most in Central Bohemia, have joined Prague in being categorised as medium risk on a national “Covid map”.

    On Thursday it became compulsory to wear face masks indoors in the whole of the Czech Republic.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Weather

    09/11/2020

    Saturday should be mostly sunny early in the day, with denser cloud cover expected by the evening. Daytime highs should range from 23 to 27 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Coronavirus: Five Czech districts now ‘orange’ (medium-risk), like Prague

    09/11/2020

    Prague is no longer the only Czech region designated a “medium-risk” or “orange” zone for contracting the coronavirus under the nation’s so-called traffic light map system. On Friday, government health officials designated five additional districts at that level.

    Four of the newly “orange” districts – Beroun, Kladno, Kolín, Prague-East – are in Central Bohemia while one, Uherské Hradiště, is in southern Moravia.  There opening hours of catering facilities (restaurants, bars and cafés, etc.) will be limited as of Monday, September 14. As in Prague now, restaurants and bars must also be closed between midnight and 6 a.m.

    A record 1,382 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the Czech Republic on Thursday, the third day this week with numbers exceeding the 1,100 mark, according to Ministry of Health data. In recent weeks, the country has registered higher growth in Covid-19 cases than have all but seven of 55 European countries.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Czech population rises to 10.7 million, growth slower than in recent years

    09/11/2020

    The population of the Czech Republic increased by 5,200 people in the first half of this year to reach 10.699 million, a rate of growth significantly lower than in previous years, according to the Czech Statistical Office.

    The lower year-on-year population increase was mainly due to a lower net migration, but partly also due to a more significant natural decrease. The number of deaths in the first half of 2020 exceeded the number of live births by 3,100.

    A total of 53,800 children were born alive in the months of January to June, almost 1,900 fewer than in the first half of 2019. The decline reflects changes in the age structure, when the numerically weak generations of women born in the 1990s have been moving to the age of highest fertility.

    According to preliminary data, a total of 26,400 people immigrated to the Czech Republic in the first half of 2020, which was by 5,700 fewer in annual terms. Meanwhile, the number of emigrants increased by 7,000 to 18,100 during the period.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Czech marriages, divorces dropped sharply due to anti-coronavirus measures

    09/11/2020

    The number of marriages and divorces dropped significantly in the Czech Republic this spring, data released on Friday by the Czech Statistical Office show, as the coronavirus epidemic and related restrictions disrupted people’s life plans.

    The Czech Republic was in a declared state of emergency from 12 March to 17 May. At the time of the imposed restrictions, only small weddings could take place and guests were required to wear veils. Restaurants that would normally host receptions were also closed for several weeks, and the functioning of offices or courts was limited.

    As a result, March saw the fewest marriages for that month in more than 100 years. From April to June, there were about half as many weddings in annual terms. According to an estimate by of Trinity Bank chief economist Lukáš Kovanda, a member of the National Economic Council of the Government (NERV), the "wedding industry" has lost some 1.23 billion crowns in revenue due to the coronavirus.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Covid-19: record number of cases recorded on Thursday

    09/11/2020

    A record 1,382 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the Czech Republic on Thursday, the third day this week with numbers exceeding the 1,100 mark, according to Ministry of Health data. In recent weeks, the country has registered higher growth in Covid-19 cases than have all but seven of 55 European countries.

    Although the majority of people testing positive for the virus are asymptomatic, in recent days hundreds of others have been hospitalized, about one-quarter of them in serious condition. The Czech Republic currently has 11,178 coronavirus patients, another record number.

    Due to the uptick, as of 10 September, with a few exceptions, it is again mandatory nationwide to wear facemasks inside public buildings of all types, as well as on public transport, in taxis, and at the airport as previously mandated. However, businesses, including restaurants and bars, remain open.

    Belgium and Germany this week placed Prague on the "red lists" on risky travel destinations while Denmark will place the entire Czech Republic on its list of risky countries as of Saturday.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Czech PM rejects meeting Belarusian opposition on margins of V4 meeting in Poland

    09/11/2020

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has argued against holding official talks between Visegrad Four countries and representatives of the Belarusian opposition on the margins of the central European group's meeting on Friday, Czech Radio reports.

    Babiš and his counterparts from Poland, Hungary and Slovakia are in Lublin, Poland to discuss the coronavirus situation and an upcoming EU summit, among other issues. In a letter on Thursday,  Babiš wrote that meeting the Belarusian opposition could prove counterproductive, as it would feed into propaganda that foreign agents are behind protests against the Lukashenko regime.

    "Belarus accuses us of engaging in a hybrid war, of interfering in internal affairs. I'm convinced that the result of such a meeting would be water for the mill of the dictator Lukashenko, who would point to us again," Babiš told reporters on Friday.

    In mid-August, the presidents of the Visegrad Four states issued a joint statement expressing disquiet over the presidential elections in Belarus but appealed to other countries not to take action that would undermine that country’s independence and sovereignty.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Czechia ranks 25th worldwide in quality of life survey

    09/11/2020

    The Czech Republic ranks 25th worldwide in terms of quality of life, according to the latest Social Progress Index, which evaluated socio-economic and other data in 163 countries.

    The annual Index is compiled by the non-profit organisation Social Progress Imperative together with the international consultancy Deloitte. The Czech Republic scored 86.69 points out of a possible 100 points, an improvement from 2019, although the country fell one spot in the ranking.

    According to the Index, the Czech Republic made notable gains especially in terms of access to education and information while GDP per capita in terms of purchasing power parity rose by USD 6,900 compared to last year, to USD 40,314.

    On the downside, the country recorded a slight decline in terms of nutrition, medical care, water purity, hygiene and shelter. The Czech Republic also continues to get poor marks in terms of discrimination against minorities.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Prague bans slot machines, video lottery terminals

    09/11/2020

    Prague councillors have approved a ban on slot machines, video lottery terminals and other gaming machines. Live gambling, however, will still be allowed in casinos in many districts.

    The long-debated ban stems from concerns about criminal activity, including tax evasion, linked to gaming bars and the impact of compulsive gambling especially on poorer members of society.

    Although the ban is due to come into force in January, operators of electronic and mechanical gaming machines will not have to remove them until the current licensing period expires in 2024.

    Of Prague’s 57 districts, 41 opted for a total ban on gambling, while others voted to allow so-called live gaming in casinos, most of which operate in largely non-residential areas and cater mainly to tourists.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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