Health Minister Adam Vojtěch has said he wants to order a blanket
vaccination of doctors and nurses in high-risk departments, such as ER,
against measles in view of the growing number of infected patients in
In January and February alone doctors have registered 51 cases, as compared to 103 cases in all of 2018.
The spread of measles is attributed to the fact that more parents are refusing to get their children vaccinated for fear of side effects. Doctors say this poses a serious problem for the whole society.
Czech veterinary inspectors have traced all of the deliveries of Polish
beef which were part of a shipment infected with the Salmonella virus, a
spokesman for the Veterinary Authority reported.
Overall the suspect shipment amounted to 700 kg of beef, delivered to stores, restaurants, school canteens and hospitals. According to inspectors 110 kg of the meat has already been consumed.
The Czech Republic has introduced strict controls on all beef imports from Poland. Although Poland protested against the move, the European Commission said on Friday it was up to the Czech authorities to take reasonable measures aimed at protecting consumers.
If US President Donald Trump were to impose tariffs on European car makers,
the Czech economy would suffer a loss of approximately 26 billion crowns
and an estimated 25,000 people would lose their jobs, which is 0,5 percent
of all employees.
The figures, cited by the news site ihned, were released by the Vienna Institute of Economic Studies. According to an assessment by the Czech Trade and Industry Ministry tariffs could hit Czech exports to the US to the tune of 750 million euros or 20 billion crowns.
The possible impact of a trade war between Europe and the US is expected to dominate talks between US President Donald Trump and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at the White House on March 7th.
Czechs spend a bigger share of their family budget on alcohol and
cigarettes than they invest in their health, according to Eurostat data
cited by the daily Hospodářské noviny.
One in nine adults has a drink problem and one in four smokes. This is the wort result in a comparative study of EU member states.
On average a Czech family spends 3.3 percent of its annual budget on alcoholic beverages and 4.3 percent on cigarettes, while 0.5 percent of the budget is spent on education and 2.4 percent on medicines and other health products.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who is on an official visit to
the US, is due to meet for talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on
The two sides are expected to discuss trade relations, in particular the tariffs that the US administration is planning to impose on European car makers, cyber-security, and the situation in Syria and Afghanistan, among others.
It is the first visit by a Czech foreign minister to the US since 2012.
The Anti-Monopoly Office has fined the food chains Billa and Penny Market
from the REWE group 164 million crowns for abusing their dominant position
on the market.
Both chains reportedly requested a special fee from their suppliers for buying their products, which is banned by the law. The decision is legally binding and both food chains have accepted it.
Thousands of people in the Czech Republic and Slovakia attended rallies on
Thursday evening in to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Slovak
investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.
The gatherings, organised by the civic initiative For a Decent Slovakia,
took place in a number of Czech and Slovak cities and towns, but also in
Warsaw, Paris, Barcelona, or Copenhagen.
The biggest demonstration took place in the Slovak capital Bratislava, which was attended by an estimated 20,000 people, including the father of Ján Kuciak. The protesters were also shouting slogans against former Slovak PM Robert Fico and his senior ruling party SMER-Social Democracy.
In tennis, No 2 seed Petra Kvitová reached the semi-finals at the Dubai Championships on Thursday, after defeating Viktória Kužmová of Slovakia 6-4, 6-0. The two-time Wimbledon champion will face Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei for a place in the final after the world No 31 upset Karolína Plíšková in the preceding match.