No return to schools without tests but winner of tender in spotlight

Children will not be allowed to return to classrooms unless antigen tests start in schools, the Czech minister of health, Jan Blatný, told journalists. However, a tender to run such tests is being investigated by the police and may be cancelled after questions were raised about the winning company.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has hinted that the tender may be scrapped. However, the minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček, whose government department oversees purchases, says that it followed guidelines to the letter.

There is little information available about the winner of the tender, Tardigrad International Consulting, which is reportedly based at the same address in Edinburgh as nearly 800 other firms.

Author: Ian Willoughby