Sunday, 25 October 2020
Czech Republic and the EU | Politico

The European Commission sent 30 ventilators from its rescEU stockpile Thursday to the Czech Republic as it struggles with the worst rate of coronavirus infections in Europe. "Czechia is facing one of the most difficult situations in Europe right now," as cases are "rising rapidly," Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote in a press release. The country "needs medical equipment to treat patients in hospitals."

National | Radio Prague

"Catastrophic", "alarming", "dramatic", those are just some of the adjectives used to describe the deepening coronavirus crisis. Why has the Czech Republic, which was deemed exemplary in the first wave of the pandemic, lost control and what will it take for people to start taking the coronavirus threat seriously? Read an interview with sociologist Jan Hartl.

National | CNN

The Czech Republic's coronavirus crisis is now so bad that when Prime Minister Andrej Babis stood in front of reporters during a live news conference Wednesday, he did something few leaders often do. He apologized to the people. Five times.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Some of the Czech top government officials do not expect the epidemiological situation in the country to improve by the 3rd of November – the proposed date of the end of the state of emergency. Jan Hamáček, the Minister of the Interior, suggested that it is highly unlikely that the state of emergency will be abandoned in the following weeks.

National | Radio Prague

Communist Party MP Jiří Dolejš is demanding the Czech Army's planned budget to be cut by CZK 10 billion, and the savings put into an emergency reserve fund. He has signalled that otherwise the minority government, which relies on Communist support, could be in for a heated battle over the 2021 state budget.

National | Balkan Insight

Opposition to the desegregation of Czech schools is being used by extremist politicians to attract mainstream voters, including the middle class who worry about the effect on their children from the inclusive policy.

National | Business | Brno Daily

Last Sunday, football and ice hockey ultras clashed with the police in Prague's Old Town Square, where a protest against government imposed restrictions turned violent. 14 people now face criminal charges. The protest was condemned by the Minister of the Interior and Health Minister Roman Prymula, one of the main targets of the protest.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The government decided to tighten the measures against the Covid-19 outbreak despite the original promise to reevaluate the situation only after 14 days since the introduction of the original ones. The new measures will aim at limiting the interactions between the people by restricting public contacts. The retail stores and services will be closed from this Thursday, 6:00 AM.

National | Radio Prague

For the first time in history, the coveted title of Czech 'Tree of the Year' has gone to one bearing fruit: a humble apple tree in the courtyard of a village inn near the Polish border.

National | Brno Daily

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek has tested positive for coronavirus and is now self-isolating at home. He continues to work from home, he has announced on Twitter yesterday.

National | Expats.cz

Central European Summer Time (CEST), which gives you some extra daylight during the summer, ends at 3 a.m. local time on Sunday, Oct. 25. Plan on setting your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The Minister of Health, Roman Prymula, warned that the government may tighten the measures used to combat the novel coronavirus, Novinky.cz reports. The announcement comes after both the prime minister and the minister of health expressed concerns that citizens fail to follow the already established measures.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Forty-six percent of Czechs acknowledge the gov't measures against the Covid-19 outbreak as the right ones, according to a survey conducted by the European National Panels on October 16-18. Tenth of the respondents expressed a negative attitude, especially about the closing of schools, restaurants, and wearing masks in public places.

National | Expats.cz

Students at Charles University are asking the institution to make several small changes to their Study Information System (SIS) to create a more inclusive environment, according to a report in iDnes. The petition asks the university to include a third option under gender: neutral.

National | Czech Development Agency

A Czech Development Agency (CzDA) project implemented by a team from Mendel University in Brno is focusing on strengthening business skills and increasing incomes, and thereby the living standards of small and medium-sized farmers in Western Province, Zambia.