Saturday, 28 March 2020
National | Expats.cz

Quarantine measures currently in place in the Czech Republic, which include a restriction on the free movement of people and a requirement to wear face coverings in both indoor and outdoor spaces, have officially been extended until April 1, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček announced at a press briefing yesterday. This also means that businesses including restaurants, cafes, and pubs, will need to remain closed to the public through at least April 1.

National | Radio Prague

A team of researchers at the Czech Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) has developed a high-grade respirator that can be printed on industrial 3D printers or produced by injection molding technology. It is as effective as the highest standard respirators now available on the Czech market (FFP3).

National | Expats.cz

A Czech bus with 110,000 face masks has left the Czech Republic for Italy with 43 Italians aboard. The bus will transport stranded Czech citizens back home. The masks are to compensate for ones that were seized in error last week.

National | Radio Prague

Czech schools forced to lock their doors because of the coronavirus crisis will reopen in mid-May at the very earliest, the minister of education said on Monday. Plans are in place to make sure the usual round of end-of-year exams go ahead in some form. However, the current term will not be extended into the usual holiday period.

National | Radio Prague

Nearly half of the Czechs who were quarantined after returning from Italy, broke the government order, data released by an independent IT initiative shows. It was collected by analysing anonymous card payment details and is just one of the ways in which big data is being used to keep better track of COVID-19 and its spread.

National | Expats.cz

A new feature on the travel app Maps.cz allows people to share their location, and this makes it possible for users to see if they might have come in contact with someone who tested positive for novel coronavirus. Not everyone is a fan of the service, and it has has a mixed response on social media.

Politics | Business | Romea

The chair of the ultra-right Workers Social Justice Party (DSSS) in the Czech Republic, Tomáš Vandas, has become the leader of the "Clean Region" (Čistý kraj) movement in the Ústecký Region ahead of regional elections this autumn.

National | Business | Brno Daily

The Czech Republic was the third lowest per capita generator of household waste in the European Union (EU) in 2018, but this still represented a record high for the country since data started being collected in 1995. However, the proportion of waste recycled has also increased significantly over the past decade, from 10% in 2008 to 34% in 2018.

National | Expats.cz

Czech Crisis Staff head Roman Prymula told Czech Television on Sunday that border restrictions in the Czech Republic over the coronavirus situation may last up to two years, and largely depend on the management of the epidemic in other countries in Europe and across the globe, reports the Czech News Agency and Novinky.cz. While the situation in the Czech Republic is thought to improve from mid-April, estimates aren't as optimistic for other countries in Europe.

National | Radio Prague

How does a partial lockdown feel in a small Czech town? The government declared a state of emergency more than a week ago. There is a ban on travel, schools are closed as well as most shops and other public institutions. Vít Pohanka lives in the town of Žďár nad Sázavou and sent this report.

National | National Post/Reuters

A 95-year-old Czech man infected with the new coronavirus died on Sunday, the country's first victim of the pandemic, the chief of the Czech crisis committee said. Roman Prymula said on national television that the patient had been suffering from a series of other conditions. By Sunday, the Czech Republic had reported 1,120 cases of coronavirus infection.

National | RFI

As world leaders call for solidarity in fighting the coronavirus, a shipment of hundreds of thousands of face masks from China to Italy was allegedly confiscated in the Czech Republic and then stolen, according to Italian media.

National | Romea

Many half-truths and myths are being shared among Czech language speakers in association with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some Czech politicians, including members of the European Parliament, after initially calling for social cohesion, have begun abusing the situation and are resorting to deception as part of their effort to score political points.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The government has already passed several measures which are designed to assist and help people cope with the situation surrounding the current lock-down, school and business closures and other related problems. The government has agreed to compensate employees of closed businesses, which include restaurants, bars, stores and other deemed non-essential operations. The government will compensate 80% of wages for the employees who are affected.

National | Romea

Hundreds of Vietnamese-owned shops featuring the symbol of a heart are offering free refreshments to members of the army, health care services, police officers and others providing aid to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.