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Police in Prague are working with the Ministry of Health on a system to identify the correct masks and protective equipment on citizens.  As it stands, everyone either has to wear an FFP2 respirator or two surgical masks on all public transport areas, shops, and health care facilities. However, identifying which masks are up to code, which means the police are mostly just focusing on whether someone has a mask at all, and it’s not just a scarf or piece of fabric. The new measures require respirators that have a filtration efficiency of at least 95%. Currently though, there’s no method to confirm this.  Irena Seifertová, a spokeswoman for the police, says the policemen will generally just be making sureContinue Reading

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Having the company of a very good boy is one way to ease the pain of social isolation during coronavirus lockdowns.  Udo Kopernik, chairman of the German Breeders Club, told Aktualne.cz that there has been a massive increase in demand for dogs the past year, especially puppies.  “We’ve noticed that dog owners tend to be a little happier than the average person during this time.” But Kopernik worries that many people are just looking for a boredom killer during the lockdown and won’t be able to commit to it long term. He says there’s a real question of “what will happen to all those dogs once the home office is over.”  The demand for “pandemic-puppies” isn’t unique to the CzechContinue Reading

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The work on the bumpy D1 highway between Prague and Brno will be completed by October, according to minister of transport Karel Havlíček. The upgrade is part of a broad modernization program to redo work done by the Communist regime decades ago.  Havlíček also says that an additional 46 kilometers of new motorways will be built in 2021, such as the D35 road between Časy and Opatovice, the D11 between Hradec Králové and Jaroměří, and the D55 that runs past Otrokovice. Radek Mátl, head of the Road and Motorway Directorate (ŘSD) says that the construction is probably going to cause some pretty rough traffic and congestion throughout the country. The worst of it will likely be on the D5 highwayContinue Reading

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Vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca will only be delivering half the number of vaccines it originally promised to the EU, according to a report from Reuters.  An anonymous source from the company told Reuters that they would likely be shipping over 40 million doses to the EU by the end of 2021’s first quarter, rather than the 90 million originally agreed on.  “We are hopeful that we will be able to bring our deliveries closer in line with the advance purchase agreement… At this stage, AstraZeneca is working to increase productivity in its EU supply chain and to continue to make use of its global capability in order to achieve delivery of 180 million doses to the EU in the second quarter.”Continue Reading

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Never drink in a pub with a flat roof, or so the joke goes back in the UK. It refers to the type of dismal drinking establishments that sprang up on post-war housing estates, where you might encounter all sorts of dodgy characters, addicts and psychos. The same goes in the Czech Republic, too – you might run into a nutter like Vandam (Hynek Čermák) in Štěpán Altrichter’s National Street. Vandam is the resident hard man of the drab Severka pub in a southern Prague project. They call him Vandam because he can do 200 push-ups, just like his VHS hero, Jean-Claude Van Damme. With his skinhead, stocky build and menacing brow, it’s no surprise to find out he hasContinue Reading