Social Democrats to lead coalition with Christian Democrats, Freedom Union
The Social Democrats have agreed on the forming of a new government with the two parties in the Coalition grouping, the Christian Democrats and the Freedom Union. After talks on Wednesday night, the leader of the Christian Democrats, Cyril Svoboda, said that negotiations on the division of ministries should be completed in the next few days. The Social Democrats, who are led by Prime Minister-to be Vladimir Spidla and came first in elections almost three weeks ago, are to have 10 cabinet seats; the other two parties will have six between them. The number of deputy chairs in the Chamber of Deputies will reflect the number of seats held by all five parties in the lower house. The Social Democrats will have the chairmanship and one deputy chair, the Civic Democrats two deputy chairs and the other parties, including the Communists, will have one each.
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-1910/26/2020
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 other 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 in the Czech Republic and over 80,000 nurses.
Confidence in Czech economy drops10/26/2020
Confidence in the Czech economy fell by 4.5 points, month-on-month, to 86.4 points after five months of growth in October, 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 Poland10/26/2020
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 Novinky.cz 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 holiday10/26/2020
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.
Czechia registers highest Sunday increase in Covid-19 since epidemic started10/26/2020
The Czech Republic registered 7,301 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday; the highest Sunday increase since the epidemic started in March.
Over 158,000 people are currently fighting the infection.
Over 5,300 people have been hospitalized, a fifty percent increase on last week and 800 of them are in a serious condition.
The number of deaths coronavirus-related deaths in the Czech Republic has doubled in the past two weeks, and now stands at over 2,000.
Figures for the past week place the Czech Republic second in the world, after Andorra, in the number of corona-related deaths per capita.
Czechs warned to expect further tightening of coronavirus measures10/26/2020
Czechs have been warned to expect a further tightening of coronavirus measures this week if the steep increase in cases continues.
In a video address released on Youtube on Sunday the prime minister said the current figures were “catastrophic” and begged people to start taking the epidemic seriously.
He said that in view of the growing number of infected elderly people and the rising death toll it was almost certain that further measures would have to be taken soon.
According to Health Minister Roman Prymula, who is expected to resign after being hit by scandal, the decisive data will be that released on Tuesday morning and he or his successor will have to take respective action.
He hinted that employers might be ordered to introduce home office and only essential infrastructure workers would be allowed to go to work.
PM: only a miracle could avert the introduction of tighter measures10/25/2020
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has called on Czechs to pull together in order to avoid a disastrous coronavirus scenario in the country.
In a video address released on Youtube the prime minister said the current figures were “catastrophic” and only a miracle could avert the introduction of stricter measures against the coronavirus.
He said that in view of the growing number of infected elderly people and the rising death toll it was almost certain that further measures would have to be taken in the coming days.
The prime minister said the health ministry would have to trace and test people faster, but noted that no government could win the battle against the coronavirus without public support, solidarity and cooperation.
“I can make no promises, since I have no idea how this pandemic will evolve, the only light at the end of the tunnel is a vaccine,” Mr. Babiš concluded.
Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with day temperatures between 9 and 13 degrees Celsius.
Letnany field hospital ready to take in patients10/25/2020
The army has finished work on a field hospital in Letnany on the outskirts of Prague.
The field hospital, with a capacity of 500 beds, was designed to treat less acute cases and patients on their way to recovery so that other hospitals can focus on serious cases of Covid infection and essential care.
According to Health Minister Roman Prymula the hospital will start taking in patients when hospitals around the country reach their capacity limit, which is likely to happen around November 10.