Social Democrats gain most votes but centre and centre-right parties get majority of seats in lower house.
With counting for elections to the lower house of parliament completed in 99.9 percent of voting districts, the left of centre Social Democrats were in the lead with 22.1 percent followed by the Civic Democrats on 20.2 percent, according to the Czech Statistical Office. The recently created TOP 09 party was third with 16.7 percent followed by the Communists with 11.3 percent and the Public Affairs party with 10.9 percent. The Christian Democrats and the party of former Social Democrat prime minister Miloš Zeman were both just under the 5.0 percent threshold to entry to the lower house with around 4.5 percent. The turnout was seen at just over 62.5 percent.
Czech Television predicted that these figures would translate into 57 seats in the 200-seat lower house for the Social Democrats. The Civic Democrats would gain 51 seats, TOP 09 41 seats, the Communists 26 seats and Public Affairs 25 seats. The Social Democrats appear to have won seats in most regions of the country apart from the Liberec, Hradec Králové and Central Czech regions won by the Civic Democrats. TOP 09 won in the former Civic Democrat bastion, Prague, with around 27 percent of the vote.
Ex-referee Damková quits FA posts after arrest of partner10/21/2020
Former referee Dagmar Damková has resigned as an executive committee of the country’s Football Association and as chair of the Steering Committee for Bohemia. The move follows the resignation of her partner Roman Berbr, who was recently arrested in a scandal surrounding alleged match fixing.
Damková had a very successful career as a referee, officiating at an Olympics final and other major games.
Czech government to close most shops among strict new Covid-19 measures10/21/2020
The Czech government has announced strict new measures in response to an enormous rise in the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitaliations in the country. The new measures will take effect from Thursday and will be in place until at least Tuesday November 3.
Non-essential contact with other people has been prohibited; people will only be allowed to go to work and to make necessary family visits or to make essential purchases, the minister of health, Roman Prymula, announced on Twitter.
People are allowed to visit the countryside or parks in the company of no more than one other person. Face masks must be worn outside.
All shops and small businesses will be closed with the exception of food stores, chemists and toiletries stores. Schools, restaurants and bars had already been ordered to close.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the moves were intended to prevent a collapse in the Czech healthcare system.
Czech car production falls by 24 percent in first three quarters10/21/2020
Czech car production declined by 24 percent year-on-year in the first three quarters of 2020, the Automotive Industry Association said on Wednesday. Almost 810,000 vehicles were made between the start of January and the end of September.
The country’s auto largest manufacturer, Škoda Auto, said its output had fallen by 20 percent in the first three quarters. Hyundai said its plant had produced 30.5 percent fewer vehicles in the same period.
The industry was hit by the coronavirus crisis in the spring, when a number of car makers were forced to halt production.
New website makes Czech theatres accessible online10/21/2020
A new website has been launched in the Czech Republic that allows viewers to watch recording of theatre performances via their computers. The system, named Dramox, currently allows subscribers to watch around 40 plays from 30 theatres in different parts of the country.
Over half of the subscription fee goes to the theatres themselves. Czech theatres are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
It should be overcast in the Czech Republic on Thursday, with an average maximum temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. The cloudy and unusually mild weather should then continue for several days.
Head of Czech coronavirus task force Hamáček tests positive for Covid-1910/21/2020
The Czech minister of the interior and head of the Central Crisis Staff, Jan Hamáček, has tested positive for Covid-19. A spokesperson for his party the Social Democrats relayed the news to the Czech News Agency on Wednesday morning. Mr. Hamáček took a test for the coronavirus following a meeting with the minister of agriculture, Miroslav Toman, who himself tested positive on Sunday.
The spokesperson said other members of the Social Democrats leadership who had come into contact with Mr. Toman on Thursday at the party’s headquarters had tested negative.
Mr. Hamáček said on Twitter that he was self-isolating but continuing to work, including taking part in government negotiations.
New Czech record 11,984 Covid cases registered Tuesday10/21/2020
Some 11,984 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, which is a record one-day jump. The total number of active cases in the country now stands at 113,219.
At present 4,065 people are hospitalised with the coronavirus, with 634 of them in a critical condition. To date 1,619 people have died with the virus, with over half of those deaths coming this month.
Prymula says more measures needed ahead of special cabinet session Wednesday10/20/2020
The Czech cabinet will hold an extraordinary meeting at 8 am on Wednesday to discuss the situation surrounding the coronavirus in the country. The minister of health, Roman Prymula, said on Tuesday that further measures aimed at curbing the rapid spread of Covid-19 would need to be introduced soon. He said current restrictions were not doing enough to reduce contact among the population.
Mr. Prymula had previously announced that face masks would be required in built-up urban areas, if a distance of two metres cannot be maintained, from Wednesday.
First statue in Czech Republic of Maria Theresa unveiled in Prague10/20/2020
The first statue in the Czech Republic honouring the Habsburg ruler Maria Theresa was unveiled in the Prague 6 district on Tuesday. The local authority paid CZK 3.6 million for the monument to the Holy Roman Empress, who was sovereign of Bohemia when it was part of the Austrian empire.
The unveiling was deliberately held on October 20, the day when Maria Theresa assumed the Austrian throne in 1740.
Two charged over Old Town Square protest violence10/20/2020
Two charged over Old Town Square protest violence
Police have charged two people in connection with a demonstration in central Prague on Sunday that turned violent. The two are accused of disorderly conduct and violence against officials, a police spokesperson said on Tuesday. Some 144 people were detained during the events on the city’s Old Town Square, with 14 suspected of criminal actions.
Hundreds of ultras from Czech football and ice hockey clubs had gathered to protest against the government’s Covid-19 measures. After the official time limit many of them threw cobblestones and other items at riot police, injuring 25.