• 09/10/2021

    Hygiene officers in the Karlovy Vary region have started meting out fines to some prominent visitors  to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival who attended the gala opening ceremony without respirators. The event took place at Hotel Thermal on August 20th and numerous photographs of the event published show that the vast majority of guests were unprotected. The fine for violating the rule on compulsory respirators ranges from 500 to 3,000 crowns. The organizers have apologized for the lapse.  The Karlovy Vary region presently has the highest incidence of new Covid cases in the country.

  • 09/10/2021

    Pupils who have not been vaccinated will not have to get tested prior to school swimming lessons and children will not be required to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other in the pool, the Czech  government announced on Friday. Otherwise, visitors to swimming pools are required to produce vaccination certificates or negative tests. The government also recently introduced regular testing of unvaccinated clients and staff in facilities for chronically ill patients.

  • 09/10/2021

    Inflation rose by 4.1 percent year-on-year in August, which is 0.7 percentage points more than in July and the most since November 2008, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office. The record inflation was driven by higher prices of goods and services in almost all sectors as well as by significantly higher housing prices. Most analysts had predicted a stagnation at 3.4 percent in July.

  • 09/10/2021

    The Czech company Art Lines won the jury's award for Best Project at Venice Glass Week, an international festival celebrating the art of glass-making. Czech Glass, Quo Vadis? which won in competition with 200 international projects, presents the work of ten Czech artists, aged twenty-eight to sixty-eight, each with a different approach to glass. Most of the works were created in the course of the last year especially for the glass-making festival in Venice.

  • 09/10/2021

    People eligible for a third vaccine against Covid-19 will be notified by an sms message after September 20th, when the process of administering booster shots will begin in hospitals and GPs offices around the country, the Czech Health Ministry announced on Thursday. The health authorities have recommended the booster shot to people over 60, people with chronic diseases and those in high-risk professions, such as doctors and nurses, but it will be available to all. People will be able to get the third vaccine eight months after their second dose.

  • 09/10/2021

    The Czech Republic registered 421 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, an increase of 44 on the previous day and 116 more than on the same day a week ago. The number of people hospitalized with Covid has almost doubled in the space of a week, with 109 people now in need of hospital care. The reproduction number is presently at 1.44. The health authorities have warned that the country is on the brink of a fourth wave of the pandemic and have rolled out a campaign to convince more people to get vaccinated.The vast majority of people in hospital were not inoculated.

  • 09/09/2021

    A Prague court has found four former members of the communist secret police (StB) guilty of harassing dissidents and forcing them to emigrate within an operation code-named Asanace. Two of the suspects, Karel Hájek and Rudolf Peltan, received two-year suspended sentences. The other two  Zbyněk Dudek and Jiří Šimák, escaped further punishment, since they have both served unconditional sentences of 3.5 years in prison for torturing opponents of the communist regime. The verdict is not legally binding and may still be appealed.

  • 09/09/2021

    Friday should be clear to partly cloudy with daytime highs between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/09/2021

    Researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at Charles University have developed a diagnostic method that shows whether a person with Covid-19 is at risk of a severe course of the disease. According to the team of researchers, the diagnostic procedure can be undertaken as part of a person’s PCR test. The risk is assessed according to the level of a particular biomarker in the blood sample. The university company GeneSpector Innovations has already filed for a patent application. According to researchers, laboratories could begin using the diagnostic method very soon.

  • 09/09/2021

    The Swedish minister of foreign affairs Ann Linde, who is on a working visit to the Czech Republic, on Thursday met with her Czech counterpart Jakub Kulhánek. The talks focused on bilateral cooperation, European issues and the upcoming Czech presidency of the EU in mid-2022. The Swedish foreign minister expressed support for Czech efforts to assist the process of expanding the EU to the Western Balkans.

    On Thursday morning Foreign Minister Linde attended the opening of the 29th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague dedicated to promoting comprehensive security, stability and economic growth.

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