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To avoid an overflow of COVID-19 patients in hospitals, Czech officials are now flying them out of the country into Germany and Switzerland. Talks with Poland to accept patients are also ongoing. Jan Hamáček, Minister of Interior, said the daily COVID-19 cases could breach the 20,000 level and become unmanageable.  “The situation is serious, we’re in a crisis scenario. Today, according to the experts, the number of daily new COVID-19 cases could approach 20,000. We’ll try to do everything to manage the situation.” The Czech Republic has so far reserved at least 19 hospital beds in Germany and 20 in Switzerland. There are also discussions on hiring more outpatient staff to help treat people with more mild cases of theContinue Reading

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Prague has a long tradition of outdoor markets: farmer’s markets, Christmas vendors, and even special events offering everything from homemade goods to souvenirs to mulled wine. But the city of Prague is also home to some outstanding flea markets that will inspire you to take a look into the past. While flea markets are currently closed because of lockdown measures, hopefully they’ll reopen just in time for some spring shopping. Here are our favorite flea markets in Prague: Bleší trhy Praha Open every Saturday and Sunday, this massive flea market is the largest in the Czech Republic and one of the largest in Europe. Doors open at 6am and close at 3pm but all the good stuff is gone byContinue Reading

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Can someone’s dark secrets ever stay truly buried? That’s the question at the heart of Honeymoon, a dark psychological thriller where director Jan Hřebejk seems to takes a few cues from Lars von Trier in studied, beautifully-acted, elegantly-shot misanthropy. Much like von Trier’s Melancholia from a few years earlier, Honeymoon centres around a wedding party and a bride with her own past psychological issues. Then, much like the former film’s titular planet that ruins festivities by colliding with Earth, a wedding crasher who knows too many inconvenient secrets threatens to destroy the marriage before the ink is dry on the certificate. We meet Tereza (Anna Geislerová) and Radim (Stanislav Majer), an attractive couple on their big day, taking their vowsContinue Reading

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From Wednesday onward, anyone traveling outside their province of residence needs a paper document justifying the trip for police.  Since the beginning of the new lockdown’s restrictions on movement, people have been showing police documents on their mobile phones. According to Eva Kropáčová, spokeswoman for the Prague police, this is changing today. “We’ll accept electronic documents until Wednesday. From then on, people should have everything on paper. The only exception is confirmation from an employer, that can be done electronically.”  South Bohemian police spokesman Jiří Matzner echoed what Kropáčová said.  “Today and Tuesday we’ll be more lenient and allow people through if they have the necessary documents in an email on their phone. But from Wednesday onward, we’ll require peopleContinue Reading

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The average man in the Czech Republic eats his own weight worth of meat every year.  According to Czech Statistical Office (CZSO), the average Czech man weighs 83.6 kilograms and eats about 83.2 kilograms of meat a year.  The majority of all meat consumed in the Bohemian lands is chicken and pork, with the remaining portion being beef, fish, various wild game, and organ meats.  The amount of chicken consumed today is five kilograms more than it was in 2010, while other meats have remained at more or less the same consumption rate for the past decade, according to CSZO.  “Last year, 454,846 tonnes of meat were produced in the Czech Republic, of which 211,436 were pork, 170,725 tonnes wereContinue Reading