Snow and icy roads causing traffic problems

Heavy snow and icy roads have caused serious traffic problems across the country. Five to ten centimeters of fresh snow fell overnight, covering icy roads in places. Although road maintenance crews have been working around the clock some roads are still impassable and the police have advised extreme caution. Hundreds of accidents have been reported in the past 24 hours, a number of them fatal.

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  • Czech Centres to stream Dvořák's New World Symphony on Czechoslovak Independence Day


    Celebrations of Czechoslovak Independence Day have been severely curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic and events marking the establishment of Czechoslovakia on October 28, 1918 have had to go online both here in the Czech Republic and abroad.

    In a celebration aimed at reaching Czechs and friends of the Czech Republic worldwide the Czech Centres network will stream the historical recording of Dvořák's New World Symphony under the baton of conductor Václav Neumann. The start is scheduled for 6 pm CET. For more information go to

  • Slight drop in Covid-19 cases registered on Monday


    The Czech Republic registered 10.273 cases of Covid-19 infections on Monday, which is a drop from last week’s highs of 15,000, but is still the highest Monday figure registered since the start of the epidemic in March.

    Currently over 162,000 people are fighting the infection. Over 5,600 people are hospitalized, of which over 800 are in a serious condition. 2365 people have died.

    The reproduction figure has dropped slightly to 1.3, down from 1.5 at the start of October.

  • Government introduces night curfew and bans Sunday sales


    The Czech government has announced a new set of restrictions aimed at bringing the coronavirus epidemic under control.

    As of Wednesday, October 28, people will have to observe a night curfew between 9pm and 5am, employers have been asked to employ home office wherever possible, food and other stores selling essential goods, which still remain open, will have to be closed on Sundays and will have to close their doors by 8pm on weekdays.

    People are being encouraged to shop twice a week instead of going out daily and minimize their contacts with others as much as possible.

  • PM proposes abolishing “super gross” wage


    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš proposed the abolition of the “super gross” wage, as the base for calculating employee income tax, in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday.

    The proposal would see income tax cut from the present 20 percent to 15 percent for low and medium income groups. People with an income of over 139,000 crowns a month would pay a 23 percent tax.

    The abolition would be valid for two years only, allowing for changes depending on the country’s post-pandemic economic development.

  • Brno builds field hospital


    Work on a field hospital for 300 patients has started in the Moravian metropolis of Brno.

    As in Prague, the hospital should serve to treat less acute cases and patients on their way to recovery so that other hospitals can focus on serious cases of Covid-19 infection and essential care.

    According to Health Minister Roman Prymula hospitals around the country will reach their capacity limit around November 10.

  • Weather forecast


    Tuesday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain and day temperatures between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius.

  • Around 13,000 health professionals down with Covid-19


    The number of health workers infected with coronavirus has now reached 13,000, significantly weakening the health system, the president of the Czech Medical Chamber Milan Kubek, told Czech Radio on Monday.

    Some 2,600 doctors, 6,000 nurses and 4,500 paramedics are currently fighting the infection.

    About a thousand medics get sick every day, Kubek said.

    According to the Czech Statists Office, there are some 50,000 physicians  and over 80,000 nurses in the Czech Republic.

  • Confidence in Czech economy drops


    Confidence in the Czech economy fell by 4.5 points, month-on-month, to 86.4 points in October after five months of consecutive growth, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office.

    Consumer confidence took the biggest hit, falling by 11.6 points.

    After the spring drop, this is the second highest fall since the start of monitoring.

    People are worried about possible lay-offs and cuts in wages due to the coronavirus restrictions.

    Confidence among entrepreneurs dropped by three points to 86.5.

  • Czechs ignore health recommendations, go shopping in Poland


    Czechs living near the border with Poland used the weekend to undertake shopping trips to the neighbour state after the authorities closed most shops in the Czech Republic, the news site writes.

    The news site says the main interest was in hobby markets where a fourth of all cars in the parking lot had Czech registration numbers and in clothes stores.

    People making the trip also filled up their tanks since petrol is cheaper in the neighbour state.

  • Primary and secondary school students get week-long holiday


    Primary and secondary school students are getting a week-long holiday starting Monday.

    The government extended the usual fall holiday by two days in order to create a longer break and help curb the spread of the epidemic.

    All schools were ordered to start operating online anyway since the decision was made because of the worsening situation.

    Parents have been asked not to let their children out to play together and minimize contacts with others outside the family circle.