Zeman launches petition for presidential candidacy
Former prime minister Miloš Zeman has launched a petition for his presidential candidacy. The honorary chairman of the Party of Citizens' Rights – Zemanovci (SPOZ) will address voters by sending them a flyer with his life story. The party is aiming to collect 50,000 signatures as required for presidential candidates. Party leader Vratislav Mynář says that students will be the main engine of the petition campaign, with 80 having signed on already as volunteers. Zeman, who is 67, is the third most popular candidate at the moment according to latest polls, with 10.2 percent.
Care home residents to receive fast coronavirus tests, says labour minister10/27/2020
Czech social services have successfully tested the use of antigenic COVID-19 tests (sometimes also referred to as fast coronavirus tests), Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová announced on Tuesday. The tests are to be used for wide-range testing of senior citizens in social facilities, such as pensioner homes.
Antigenic tests take around 15 minutes to provide a result. However, they are also less reliable than standard testing. According to Minister of Health Roman Prymula, the tests will be used in social facilities such as pensioner homes, because they will be able to indicate the level of spread faster than normal PCR testing. The second, more reliable wave of tests would then follow.
Hundreds of police to be deployed during October 28 protests against coronavirus measures10/27/2020
Hundreds of police officers are set to be deployed to monitor demonstrations in the centre of Prague, planned on the occasion of the creation of the independent Czechoslovak state on October 28. Protests and associated events are planned on the Náměstí Republiky square, on Old Town Square and in the area of Klárov. Their primary goal is to protest against the ongoing government measures that restrict movement and have closed most shops and restaurants to curb the spread of COVID-19.
A previous protest against coronavirus measures, which took place less than two weeks ago, ended in a violent clash between protestors and the police. However, Prague Municipal Police spokesman Jan Daněk has said that the local police force does not expect this to happen on Wednesday.
Adam Sandler to star in adaptation of Spaceman in Bohemia book10/27/2020
The popular American comedy director Adam Sandler has signed a contract to play the main role in an upcoming Netflix movie based on Czech writer Jaroslav Kalfař’s 2017 book Spaceman of Bohemia. The film is set to be directed by Emmy Award winning Swedish director Johan Renck, with the screenplay being written by Colby Day.
The plot of the book’s story revolves around a Czech astronaut sent on a one-man mission to the planet Venus, where he has to gather “intergalactic dust”. Along the journey he runs into a giant arachnid and a competing Russian mission to the planet.
Czech Centres to stream Dvořák's New World Symphony on Czechoslovak Independence Day10/27/2020
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 www.facebook.com/Ceskacentra.
Slight drop in Covid-19 cases registered on Monday10/27/2020
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 sales10/26/2020
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” wage10/26/2020
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 hospital10/26/2020
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.
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 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.