The number of people infected with measles could rise to 1,000 this year,
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said in a debate on Czech television on
The estimate is based on the steep increase of cases since the beginning of this year. Doctors have registered 366 case of measles since the start of the year, with sixty cases in the last week alone. There were 203 cases in 2018.
The increase is attributed to the fact that many parents are refusing to get their children immunized for fear of side effects. The Czech Immunization Association has warned that immunization of the population has now dropped below the protective threshold.
A biker flew out of the race track during a trial run on the circuit in
Merklin, in western Bohemia, on Sunday injuring four bystanders.
All five men were taken to the Plzen faculty hospital for treatment. The accident happened ahead of the main race and the injured men were reportedly standing in an off-limits area to the public.
High rise workers have started reattaching artist David Černý’s black
babies onto the Žižkov transmitter in Prague.
The ten babies which were installed in 2001 and had become one of Prague’s tourist attractions, were removed for maintenance in 2017.
Czech Radio Communications, which owns the transmitter, had ten new copies made, which will remain a permanent feature of the transmitter.
The original babies are now on an exhibition tour in the United States.
All ten babies should be installed by April 9th.
Czech critics of the European copyright reform took to the streets of
Prague on Saturday to protest against proposed changes that they say will
lead to censorship.
Protesters held up banners saying “Save the Internet” and brought a symbolic coffin indicating its fate if the bill is approved in its present form.
The biggest controversy is over Article 13 of the reform bill which critics say will prompt high-earning platforms such as Google's YouTube to use upload filters to block copyright-infringing texts, music and images to avoid expensive lawsuits from copyright holders.
Critics of the EU’s internet copyright reforms have rallied across Europe ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament next week.
The road movie Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu dominated the 26th edition of
the Czech Lion Awards on Saturday picking up six Lions, among others for
Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Hastrman directed by Ondřej Havelka picked up four Lions, while the historic drama Toman, which had a record 13 nominations fell short in all categories.
The award for Best Documentary went to King Skate, on the phenomenon of skateboarding in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
The winners of the main Czech film awards are selected by members of the Czech Film and Television Academy.
Snowboarder Ester Ledecká won the Crystal Globe at the World Cup in Winterberg, Germany, on Saturday. The Czech snowboard queen retained first place in the overall ranking thanks to her fifth position in the parallel slalom. She clinched a record-setting fourth-straight parallel overall title on the day of her 24th birthday.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has welcomed the news that the
last IS enclave in Baghuz, eastern Syria, has been taken.
He added however that the fight against international terrorism was not definitively over and said the Czech Republic was ready to cooperate with its allies to help end the conflict in Syria by all the means at its disposal.
The Czech Republic is the only EU member state that operates an embassy in Syria where it also represents the interests of the US.
The Czech Republic's main film awards, the Czech Lions, are due to be
presented at a gala-ceremony at Prague's Rudolfinum concert hall on
Saturday night. The awards, organized by the Czech Film and Television
Academy, are being presented for the 26th time.
Ondřej Trojan’s Toman has been nominated in 13 categories, The Hastrman, directed by Ondřej Havelka, has 10 nominations, as does Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu. Jan Palach by Robert Sedláček is in the running in eight categories.
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