Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová is set to visit Brno on Tuesday. The
Slovak head of state will meet with the mayor of Brno, Markéta Vaňková,
and attend a commemorative event marking one hundred years since the
approval of Czechoslovakia’s first ever Constitution.
Also attending the ceremony will be the Czech Republic’s Supreme State Attorney, Pavel Zeman, the newly elected Czech ombudsman, Stanislav Křeček and other dignitaries.
The Czechoslovak Constitution was approved on February 29, 1920, by the National Assembly and defined the country as a democratic republic headed by a president where the source of all power rested with its people.
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic
has risen to 18. On Friday, the country’s chief hygiene officer Eva
Gottvaldová confirmed six new cases.
To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Ministry of Health announced that people returning from Italy as of this Saturday will have to inform their doctors and remain in quarantine for two weeks. Those violating the quarantine can face a fine of up to 3 million crowns. There are currently some 16,500 Czech citizens in Italy, according to the government.
Meanwhile, the government and regional representatives have agreed on a maintaining the centralised supply and distribution of protective gear and equipment, and a unified system of informing about the coronavirus, via the Ministry of Health.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has criticised the
decision of the Prague authorities to rename the city square in front of
Russia’s embassy in honour of slain Russian opposition figure Boris
The square was renamed on February 27, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Nemtsov’s killing, while a nearby pathway was named after investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, shot to death in 2006.
Mrs Zakharova has called the act absurd and inexplicable, adding that similar steps, which try to influence domestic policy in other countries, infringe on international law.
The Ústí nad Labem regional hygiene station on Friday confirmed the first case of community transmission of coronavirus in the Czech Republic. The patient, a woman, contracted the virus from her son, who had returned from a skiing holiday in Italy and is currently hospitalised at Prague’s Bulovka hospital. The woman was brought to a hospital in Ústí nad Labem and is reported to be in good condition. There are currently 70 people in quarantine in the region of Ústí nad Labem.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has urged Czech citizens not to travel to
Italy and to stay at home for two weeks if they return from the country. Mr
Babiš made the statement on his Twitter account following his meeting with
deputy health minister Roman Prymula on Friday.
"This measure is essential to prevent uncontrolled spreading of coronavirus in the Czech Republic," Mr Babiš has said, adding that he will discuss the situation with Prague mayor and regional governors later in the day.
So far, state authorities have advised Czechs to avoid four high-risk regions in Italy: Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Piemont. According to the latest information, there are currently 3,858 people infected with coronavirus in Italy and 148 have died.
The average gross monthly salary in the Czech Republic increased by 6.7
precent in the last quarter of this year to 36,144, according to data
released by the Czech tatistics Office on Friday.
In real terms, taking into account inflation, wages increased by 3,6 percent. However, two thirds of Czech employees earn less than the average wage. The median wage, a midway between the highest and the lowest levels, was CZK 31, 202, up by 6.6 percent compared to the same period last year.
Some 80 percent of employees earned wages between CZK 15, 365 and CZK 58,398.As for salaries in the capital, Prague, the average monthly wage reached CZK 44,237 crowns in the last quarter of 2019.
A ban on the export of disinfectants comes into effect in the Czech
Republic on Friday. The measure concerns all producers of disinfectants and
will remain in place until further notice. According to the Minister of
Health Adam Vojtěch, the goal of the measure is to ensure sufficient
domestic supply and also to prevent profiteering.
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health announced it was prohibiting the export of all FFP3-class respirators outside the country and their sale to all but medical and social facilities, public health protection bodies, integrated rescue services and other state administration bodies.
The Czech Republic’s Markéta Davidová won the bronze medal in the
women’s 7.5 kilometre sprint on the first day of the European biathlon
championships in Nové Město na Moravě on Thursday evening. The
23-year-old Czech finished third with one penalty, 49.7 seconds behind the
victorious Denise Herrmann of Germany.
The biathlon World Cup event in Nové Město na Moravě, which regularly attracts over 100,000 visitors, is taking place without spectators due to the coronavirus threat.
The annual One World festival of human rights documentary films got
underway in Prague on Thursday evening under the motto “Not till a hot
January”, addressing environmental issues. Now in its 22nd year, the
festival will be screening 133 documentaries from 60 countries, and will
bring more than 130 festival guests to the Czech capital.
At the opening event at Prague’s Lucerna cinema, the People in Need foundation presented its annual human rights award Homo Homini to the jailed Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov for his commitment to defending basic human rights and to assure a fair trial to all citizens of Tajikistan. The prize, presented by Ukrainian director and former political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, was accepted by Yorov’s brother.
After coming to a close in Prague, the One World festival will move on to 35 other Czech towns and cities.