Hundreds of Czechs are in training to become healthcare volunteers and provide urgent assistance to beleaguered medical professionals, as the country battles with the highest daily increase in Covid-19 infections per population in Europe, with an average of 12,000 new cases each day over the past week.
There are growing concerns about how prepared the Czech Republic’s healthcare system is as the central European nation enters an expected 30-day state of emergency to combat rising coronavirus infections. Milan Kubek, president of the Czech Medical Chamber, said that as of October 5 around 1,200 patients are hospitalised with Covid-19 and 280 of them are in a serious condition.
The nature of the Czech Republic’s “geographical” English name was a talking point for decades prior to 2016, when the authorities settled on Czechia (pronounced che-ki-ya) in English, the equivalent of the shortened Česko in the Czech language.
An estimated 300,000 people were expected to pay tribute to Czech singer Karel Gott, an artist whose popularity crossed from east to west during the Cold War. Fans stood for hours in a line stretching back at least two kilometres to bid the man nicknamed “Sinatra of the East” farewell.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has caused outrage after saying he wants to revoke his country’s recognition of Kosovo as an independent state. The 74-year-old, who is known for his inflammatory remarks, made the comment during his second day of an official visit to Serbia on Wednesday. The Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday evening that Kosovo had in response withdrawn its planned participation in a Visegrad Four and Western Balkans summit that was scheduled in Prague on Thursday.
Olympic Champion Lukas Krpalek secured a heavyweight title for the Czech Republic at the Tokyo World Judo Championships. Krpalek will now head towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics wearing both the Olympic and World Champion titles on his shoulders.
Thousands took to the streets in the Czech Republic on 21 August on the anniversary of the 1968 Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague Spring. The protests also marked the suppression of a pro-democracy protest a year later in 1969, when five people were killed and dozens injured.
Thrill-seekers balanced and walked mid-air on lines tied between rock formations in Adršpach last weekend as others practised lower to the ground nearby. They were attending the Adršpach Highline Meeting in northeastern Bohemia.
Czech 26-year-old Paula Novotná was crowned champion of the women’s freestyle kiteboarding World Cup on Sunday.
Nanoprogress is a Czech cluster that aims to maximise the country’s nanotechnology talent by boosting innovation, collaboration and job creation among high-tech SMEs.