• 11/19/2020

    A group of 54 senators say they will challenge the government’s decision to close the majority of shops within the coronavirus restrictions at the Constitutional Court if the state of emergency is extended.

    Senator Lukas Wagenknecht from the Pirate Party says the restriction imposed on shops was not properly justified, since it is not clear why the risk of spreading the infection is greater in a small shoe-shop that a large supermarket.

  • 11/19/2020

    The tender documentation for the extension of the Dukovany nuclear power plant does not sufficiently take into account the security interests of the state, according to the findings of the  Czech National Institute for Cyber and Information Security and the ministries of the interior and foreign affairs.

    The country’s intelligence services have previously warned that with companies from Russia and China the Czech Republic would be opening the door to political blackmail and recommended that they be excluded from participating in the open competition.

    The power utility ČEZ, which is the main investor in the project, wants to announce a tender for the extension of the Dukovany plant by the end of this year.

  • 11/19/2020

    Prague is hosting the second day of the Prague European Summit, a platform for strategic dialogue on EU leadership, tackling the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact, security, new technologies in the digital age and climate change.

    The summit, which was established in 2015, connects public officials, business leaders, academics and NGO representatives.

    It is organized by the Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM and the Institute of International Relations under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Government and the City of Prague in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic.

  • 11/19/2020

    The development of a Czech vaccine against Covid-19 will most likely be terminated after the first phase of tests on mice, Czech Radio reported on Thursday.

    Health Minister Jan Blatný, has said that in view of the fact that commercial vaccines will soon be available on the market, there is no pressing need to take the project into a second phase involving clinical tests.

    Although it showed promise, the development of the vaccine was earlier criticized for being too expensive for a country this size.

  • 11/19/2020

    The lower house of Parliament has extended the ongoing state of emergency by three weeks until December 12.The vote took place after a nine-hour debate in which the opposition parties vehemently opposed the idea.

    Health Minister Jan Blatný urged deputies to extend the state of emergency so as to prevent a new upsurge of coronavirus infections in January. He warned that easing the restrictions too fast in view of the Christmas holidays and a renewal of social contacts, which would certainly happen, would lead to a fresh outbreak of infections at the start of next year. Without a state of emergency, many of the enforced restrictions would be reduced to mere recommendations, Blatný said.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš also urged the lower house to comply with the government’s request, saying it was essential to reach a decisive turning point in the fight against the epidemic. The government originally asked for a four week extension.

  • 11/19/2020

    There were 5,515 new cases of Covid-19 contamination in the Czech Republic detected on Wednesday, about 3,405 fewer than a week ago. Currently, 100,970 people in the country have Covid-19, most showing minor symptoms.

    To date, 6,740 patients have died since the start of the epidemic, the majority after the second wave hit this autumn, according to Ministry of Health data.

    The new anti-epidemic system PES shows the national risk index has fallen to 62 on a scale of 100. Minister of Health Jan Blatný has said that when it fell below 70, he would propose some restrictive measures be relaxed as of next Monday (23 November).

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/19/2020

    The Czech football team beat Slovakia (2-0) on Wednesday evening in Pilsen and qualified from the Nations League group B2, also thanks to Scotland losing to Israel (1-0).

    For coach Jaroslav Šilhalvý's team, the win means not only advancing to group A of the Nations League, but also the chance to participate in the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/18/2020

    More than 80 percent of Czechs followed the US presidential election in part and most, 66 percent, hoped the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden would beat incumbent president Donald Trump, according to a STEM / MARK survey. Only 19 percent preferred Trump.

    Women, Prague residents and voters of the opposition parties TOP 09 and Pirate were most likely to support Biden while those supporting President Miloš Zeman and the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party favoured Trump.

    However, STEM / MARK analyst Radek Pileček told ČTK that most Czech do not have a comprehensive overview of U.S. political, so their support for a candidate is based much more on which they find more sympathetic.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/18/2020

    Czech Television council chairman René Kühn has announced he will resign on Friday, citing the last meeting of the Board, when it dismissed the Supervisory Board and decided to buy land under its Ostrava studio. Deputy chairman Jaroslav Dědič is also stepping down.

    Kühn plans to remain on the council throughout his term, which ends in March 2021 but will not run again. He said it is important that a new Supervisory Board be elected next week. Both houses of Parliament are due to meet over the situation in the coming days.

    The Independent Journalism Foundation (NFNZ) and the Czech national committee of the International Press Institute have called on the Czech TV to explain its decision to dismiss the Supervisory Board, and why it sought to create a list of its journalists perceived negatively by the public.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/18/2020

    Thursday should be cool and partly cloudy with average daytime highs of 9 to 13 degrees Celsius and light rain likely in the late evening.

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