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A quarter of Czechs still leave their savings susceptible to the inflation process by securing them in cash. However, they are interested in making new investments, according to the Generali Investments CEE research. Cash savings are a preferred choice for a tenth of participants, especially for those with basic education. 14 percent of the respondents prefer keeping savings in a bank account. “More than a fifth of Czechs have over 100,000 crowns in cash or in a bank account. Their savings are also subject to inflation and lose value in real terms. For example, last year, people who saved their money that way suffered a loss of up to 3.2 percent in value due to inflation and insufficient financial literacyContinue Reading

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A positive result of a regular COVID-19 test can have negative effects on the child’s mental stability, according to the Olomouc clinical psychologist Adam Suchý. One child’s positive COVID-19 test result can send the whole class into quarantine which can provoke bullying of the “guilty” student. Currently, some students returned to schools with regular testing conditions in effect from April 12.  Suchý noted that after a year of lockdown, children are very excited to come back. They want to become a part of their social group again, but public testing and the possibility of negative results can make them feel isolated again. “Children have no physical problems, they feel healthy, most of them are looking forward to school for friendsContinue Reading

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The Czech Republic saw a decrease of 11 percent in entrepreneurship in the last quarter compared with the last year’s results. Only 14 000 Czech entrepreneurs established their own new businesses which is the lowest result in 12 years. People were not exceptionally hopeful about the first quarter of the year because they did not expect the restrictions to be over. However, according to CRIF (Czech Credit Bureau), the number of closed businesses was also low. “In the first quarter of this year, people had little hope for an early easing of anti-epidemic measures. At the same time, they assumed that existing entrepreneurs are experiencing the worst period since the beginning of the pandemic,” CRIF analyst Věra Kameníčková explained. SheContinue Reading

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Tomáš Petříček was fired from the position of the Minister of the Foreign Affairs after 2,5 years of work. The Minister of the Interior, Jan Hamáček, will take the position temporarily. President Miloš Zeman frequently criticized Petříček for his negative views of Russian and Chinese vaccines. Petříček was informed about the decision last Sunday. Last week Petříček lost to Hamáček in the elections for the chairman of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD). The changes in the cabinet are also a sign of the upcoming elections in October this year. “I am leaving with my head held high, I am not ashamed of my actions in the last two and a half years. I have always promoted the pro-European, pro-WesternContinue Reading

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The new Minister of Health, Petr Arenberger, offers to establish another ban on mass gatherings which will allow only two people to meet outside. The current state of emergency will end this Monday, meaning that already up to 20 people can gather in the same place. Arenberger thinks that the Czech Republic is not ready for the new weakening of measures, and getting together in large groups of people might turn out to be a mistake. Also, he believes that the citizens will support him in this decision to introduce a new ban on mass gatherings. “Based on the unstable epidemiological situation, including the current first occurrence of the Brazilian P2 SARS-COV 2 mutation in the Czech Republic, it (theContinue Reading

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Prime Minister Andrej Babiš confirmed that the current state of emergency won’t be extended after April 11. The curfew and the ban on movement between districts will be canceled. “The fact is that the state of emergency (due to end on April 11) is over, we will not extend it, we will go according to the pandemic law,” Babiš explained.  The ban on traveling between districts was introduced at the beginning of March. It was supposed to limit communication between districts of the Czech Republic. Only people with work confirmations were allowed to cross the borders. Another ban on movement doesn’t allow people to leave an apartment from 9 pm until 5 am. Those measures can’t be prolonged without theContinue Reading

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Czech animation and games production companies reported that 2020 showed better results than 2019 with few negative effects of COVID-19. On the contrary, the effects were mostly positive, and the Czech gaming industry is developing. The results are based on Creatoola’s research.  The Czech gaming production industry recently performed well on the international arena. For example, Beat Saber from the Beat company sold four million copies over the world. “In addition to financial stability, these companies also offer the opportunity to participate in projects that go far beyond the borders of our market. Many Czech studies have already achieved significant global success and are working on projects where their people can learn a lot and use the latest technologies andContinue Reading

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Doctors noticed a sudden growth in COVID-19 statistics: more children are getting sick, mostly without any symptoms. However, children started to experience delayed severe side-effects of COVID-19 or after-effects more frequently, such as the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, according to Ilona Hülle, President of the Association of General Practitioners for Children and Adolescents, It is not confirmed whether the British mutation of the virus influenced the rise in numbers. “We will probably find out how it is related to the spread of the British mutation from the evaluation of epidemiologists. However, the morbidity of children is increasing,” Hülle explained. Pediatricians and medical specialists also confirm that children are getting sick with COVID-19 more frequently. Children experience cough, difficulty breathing, chest pain,Continue Reading

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The new outbreak of bird flu hit the Zlín region in the Czech Republic. Twelve birds died out of over 400 different birds, such as geese, ducks, and turkeys, due to the spread of the H5N8 virus. “As in the previous cases, a three-kilometer protection and surveillance zone with a radius of ten kilometers will be defined, and emergency veterinary measures will be declared in these zones,” Petr Vorlíček, a spokesman for the State Veterinary Administration (SVS), explained.  By now, seven regions of the Czech Republic have already confirmed outbreaks of bird flu in farms. These were recorded in farms of the Central Bohemian, Moravian-Silesian, South Bohemian, Pardubice, Plzeň, and Vysočina regions. Also, the disease was found in wild birdsContinue Reading

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Less than a third of Czech teachers approve of the government’s measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey with 700 participating teachers was published by Člověk v tísni (People in Need) and conducted by the Focus Agency in cooperation with the JSNS educational program for the European People’s Party in January, CTK reports. Half of the teachers in the Czech Republic don’t trust the government on the COVID-19 topic. Also, a quarter of participants feel that the current strict measures interfere with basic human rights. When it comes to the professional environment, nearly 96 percent of the teachers agree that their schools handled the pandemic situation well.  According to the survey results, a significant number of participants perceivedContinue Reading