US experts inspect potential site for US radar

A team of American experts are inspecting the Brdy military area south-west of Prague which has been selected as a potential site for a US radar base in the Czech Republic. The main goal of the four day mission is to inspect the geological conditions, as well as the infrastructure and transport network. Prague and Washington are holding talks on the possible installation of a radar in Brdy as part of the US missile defence programme, but no commitment has as yet been made. In the Czech Republic such a project would have to be approved by Parliament. Municipalities in the region are strongly opposed to it and opinion polls suggest that the majority of Czechs do not want a US radar in the country.

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    It should be overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average maximum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. The cloudy and mild weather should then continue for several days.

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  • Experts: Further suspension spells end of electronic cash register system

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    The further suspension of a system under which businesses must register transactions in real time in a state database means the project is to all intents and purposes over, the Czech News Agency reported, citing tax experts.

    The lower house’s Budget Committee has recommended the system be put on ice until the end of 2022, a move approved by the government last week.

    The electronic cash register system had already been suspended until the end of this year to alleviate pressure on businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis.

    The system was first introduced in 2016 and gradually extended over subsequent years.

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  • Coronavirus cases rise after weekend, but below last week’s record

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    Monday saw 8,076 people test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. While this is the highest amount of cases ever recorded on a Monday in the country, it is also 3,000 cases fewer than were recorded last Friday. Ministry of Health Statistics show that 46 people died on Monday as a result of contracting the virus.

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  • Face mask obligation to be expanded

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    Starting Wednesday, people will have to cover their face even if they are walking in the open in municipal areas and are closer than 2 meters from each other, Health Minister Roman Prymula has announced. Furthermore, the obligation to wear a mask has also been extended to those inside any vehicle, with the exception of those who are driving alone, or only with close family members.

    Speaking at a press conference on Monday evening, Health Minister Prymula also ruled out that the government is planning any discussion of about entering a full lockdown this week. He highlighted that the effectiveness of the measures in place has to be given at least two weeks’ time before it can be evaluated.

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  • Deputy-head of Czech Football Association charged with corruption resigns

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    The decision was announced after a special meeting of the Czech Football Association’s executive committee which ended in the dismissal of the members of the committee of referees, including its chairman and former Czech national team coach Jozef Chovanec, who allegedly used his position to rig the selections of referees.

  • Tourism sector to get CZK 500 million in COVID funding

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    The president’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, told the Czech News Agency that safety measures are being maintained and that the president is not under threat.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe