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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is backing the Czech Republic’s rules of mandatory vaccination for pre-school children. The vote of 16 to 1 decided that banning unvaccinated children from attending school is an acceptable “protective measure”, according to the report by Bloomberg. The landmark ruling comes following complaints from multiple Czech parents after their unvaccinated children were refused entry to preschool, or received fines from the government. Some of these complaints date as far back as 2003. The legislation does not yet apply to COVID-19 vaccines since the complaints were filed before the current pandemic. Barbora Peterová, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, has confirmed that the ruling doesn’t have any implications for the COVID-19 vaccine. CzechContinue 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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I used to make it a point to try and make someone smile every day. Whether it was helping a lost grandma, giving someone a big tip, making a joke in a bad situation or driving a random person to the other side of town with their IKEA purchase, the goal was very fulfilling and ended up with some beautiful romances, great friends and a clean conscience. The Prague Lions and the Prague Monitor are continuing their partnership in the #supportyourlocal campaign. Raising money to buy some food from our local restaurant sponsors and deliver it to people who need a happy moment. Last Friday, we delivered 100 pizzas and Gyros to Motol hospital staff in a surprise lunch breakContinue Reading

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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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Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, thinks that the coronavirus will be over by September 2021. Furthermore, he expressed no concern about the Russian Sputnik vaccine, being ready to deliver it to the Czech Republic upon certification from Czech State Institute for Drug Control.  In an interview with CNN Prima News, Zeman said that an optimist could say the COVID-19 pandemic could be over by June, but he’s aiming for September. He also fully supports the new heightened restrictions that start on March 1st which prevent people from leaving their province without documentation.  “We’re in a situation where, even though some disagree, this catastrophe is coming to an end. Do you know why? Because just as I once called forContinue Reading

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Czech social services reported an increase in domestic violence cases up to 40 percent during the first massive lockdown. According to the research, the system of support for the victims should be improved, so that victims can feel comfortable reporting the violence. “During the pandemic, we saw an increase in intensity and demand for services. The increase continues to this day. Helping vulnerable people is inconsistent. The approach differs from person to person,” Blanka Nyklová, one of the authors of the research from the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Dana Moree from the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University, explained. Nyklová added that domestic violence should be taken more seriously, otherwise itContinue Reading

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The government introduced a new system of compensations for entrepreneurs and small companies which were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and lost the source of income. According to the new law, the updated amount will reach 1000 Czech crowns per day. Previously, businesses received 500 Czech crowns daily. The Ministry of Finance already stated that the new system will be easier than the previous ones. Instead of having ten different programs of support, they decided to focus on one which won’t confuse entrepreneurs and will be more effective. “We decided to simplify everything and instead of ten programs make one where no company will fail, regardless of whether its establishment is closed or whether it is a subcontractor or not,”Continue Reading

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After a long meeting on Thursday, the government came to a decision to introduce several new restrictions in the Czech Republic. Though, they were not as tough as expected and the anticipated new rule of not being able to leave the house for more than 15 km was not introduced. The government, however, stated that this measure might be introduced in the nearest future depending on the development of the epidemeological situation. Effective from Friday, midnight: Farmer’s markets must close. Students and teachers must wear respirators during the driving school lessons (level of protection: min. FFP2) Hospital visits are prohibited (exceptions – if the patient is a child or for childbirth). Hotels must require guests to submit a confirmation ofContinue Reading

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With basically all of society shut down already, Andrej Babiš wants to shut things down even harder, leaving many wondering how it’s even possible to intensify restrictions that currently don’t allow you to sit in a restaurant, ski on a mountain, or visit your grandparents.  The cabinet of prime minister Babiš met on Thursday to discuss new restrictions on movement and social/gatherings, and how to prevent people from disobeying them, like hotels and accommodations that have allowed people to stay in their premises against the law.  Babiš, who believes that the current restrictions are not sufficient, said that the country simply cannot afford to allow people to do normal things with  “such high numbers.” “The government will meet again tomorrowContinue Reading

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We’ve heard the whole “Maybe by X we can get back to normal” routine, so no one’s holding their breath. However, Czech health minister Jan Blatný is showing signs of optimism, saying the Czech Republic could ease up on the COVID-19 restrictions by mid-February at the earliest.  Currently, the PES system is at 69 points, which is stage 5 out of 5, or the highest possible state of restrictions.  The hope is that the country would move from the 5th degree on the PES system to the 4th, which would mean raising the curfew, opening certain businesses (not bars and restaurants), and allowing home visits. But perhaps the best part is that children would be allowed to go back toContinue Reading