• Czechs again stocking up after Covid-19 numbers rise

    07/26/2020

    A spike in known Covid-19 cases and subsequent restrictions are leading Czechs to stock up on medical supplies, iDnes.cz reported. Pharmacies are reporting increased sales of facemasks, respirators, anti-bacterial hand wash, hand sanitizer and vitamin supplements, the news site said.

    However, unlike in March, when the cornoavirus was first detected in the Czech Republic, they say they now have sufficient stocks to meet demand.

    Since Saturday it has been compulsory to wear facemasks at indoor events attended by over 100 people.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Saturday’s figure for new Covid-19 cases half of Friday’s

    07/26/2020

    Some 131 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in the Czech Republic on Saturday, according to official Czech Ministry of Health data released on Sunday morning. This was around half the number recorded on Friday and the lowest figure seen in a week. However, fewer tests are conducted at weekends.

    At present there are 5,254 registered cases of the coronavirus in this country while a total of 15,212 have been seen since the first were detected on March 1.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Total number of known Covid-19 cases in CR passes 15,000

    07/25/2020

    The total number of detected cases of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic has passed 15,000, according to data from the Ministry of Health. On Friday 281 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded to raise the total to 15, 081. The number of known cases currently stands at 5,290, which is a record.

    Following a recent spike in figures new measures came into effect on Saturday. It is now compulsory to wear facemasks at indoor events attended by over 100 people. From Monday the maximum attendance at such events will be halved to 500.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Weather forecast

    07/25/2020

    It should be overcast in the Czech Republic on Sunday, with temperatures of up to 24 degrees Celsius. Much of the following week should also be cloudy.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Prague mayor rules out major jump in annual travel pass price

    07/25/2020

    The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, says the city’s authorities are not planning a major increase in the price of a yearly pass for the city’s public transport system. It had been reported that a one-year pass would cost CZK 5,500 next year, up from the current CZK 3,650. Mr. Hřib told Czech Radio this had been an “extreme” possibility considered with a view to boosting the Prague transport authority’s revenues.

    However, it is not now on the table and instead councilors are considering raising the price of an annual pass by just CZK 365, meaning by one crown a day, he said.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Crown now strongest toward euro and dollar since start of crisis

    07/25/2020

    The Czech crown is now at its strongest toward major international currencies since the start of the coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic. At the close of trading on Friday the crown stood at 26.22 to the euro and 22.56 to the US dollar, according to data on the website Patria Online.

    When the crisis hit the country the Czech currency weakened by two crowns toward the euro and by three crowns toward the dollar. However, it started gaining in strength again when the government eased coronavirus measures and ended a state of emergency.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Pair released in Turkey now back in Czech Republic

    07/25/2020

    A Czech couple who were released from jail in Turkey have returned to the Czech Republic. Aid workers Marketa Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas, who were convicted of terrorism, arrived in Prague by government plane on Friday evening. After being arrested in 2016 while trying to cross the Turkish-Iraqi border they got six years for assisting the YPG, a Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist organisation.

    The two were examined by doctors are returning to the Czech Republic and have been placed in quarantine for a fortnight.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Ministry planning humungous spending campaign to encourage domestic vacations

    07/25/2020

    The minister for regional development, ANO appointee Klára Dostálová, says the government is planning a massive spending campaign to encourage Czechs to holiday domestically in view of the coronavirus crisis. Responding to a report that her ministry was planning to put CZK 2 billion into such a drive, Ms. Dostálová told news site Deník N that that amount quoted was only for orientation and that the actual sum could be less or more. The minister said the idea was for Czechs not to travel to the Alps but instead vacation in the Krkonoše Mountains or Šumava.

    She denied suggestions the advertising campaign would in effect be a form of support for the media; a number of media outlets were bought some years ago by PM Andrej Babiš of ANO.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Latvia and Estonia again place Czech Republic on risk state lists

    07/25/2020

    Latvia and Estonia have again placed the Czech Republic on their lists of risk countries with regard to the spread of Covid-19. The Baltic states made the move following an increase in the number of fresh cases of coronavirus detected in the Czech Republic. It means that if people from the country travel to Latvia or Estonia they must undergo two weeks of quarantine.

    Meanwhile, the Prague government has said that from Monday people travelling from all European Union states will be allowed to enter the Czech Republic freely, with those arriving from Sweden no longer having to produce a negative Covid-19 test. However, foreign workers from Sweden will have to provide such documentation, a requirement that also applies to foreign workers from Luxembourg.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Two Czechs jailed for terrorism in Turkey have been released

    07/24/2020

    Two Czechs who were jailed for terrorism in Turkey have been released. The news was confirmed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš who said the two were on a Czech military plane to Prague and would arrive on Friday evening. He thanked the Czech intelligence services for their role in assisting the release.

    According to Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček the release of the two Czechs was unconditional. He said they would be treated by doctors upon arrival and go into a two week quarantine.

    The Czech couple, Marketa Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas, both humanitarian workers, were  arrested in November 2016 trying to cross the Turkish-Iraqi border. They were sentenced to six years in jail for having assisted the Kurdish militia YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

    The couple denied the charges, insisting they were on a humanitarian aid mission aimed to create a field hospital near the Turkish-Iraqi border.

    Previous efforts to secure their release proved fruitless.

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