The number of people in the Czech Republic infected with the new
coronavirus has climbed to 21, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on
Saturday afternoon. The minister of health, Adam Vojtěch, said earlier in
the day that just under 600 people were being examined for Covid-19 at
The government has extended a compulsory two-week quarantine period for people returning to the Czech Republic from Italy to also include those who have permanent or temporary residence in this country. Previously the provision only applied to Czech citizens. Most cases of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic can be traced to Italy.
Speaking after a meeting of a crisis committee convened over the coronavirus situation, the prime minister said that police would carry out random temperature checks on drivers entering Czech territory.
The minister of health said the number of people in the Czech Republic known to have the virus would increase further in the coming days.
Events were held in the Czech Republic on Saturday marking the 170th
anniversary of the birth of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founder and first
president of Czechoslovakia. President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš, Chamber of Deputies speaker Radek Vondráček and Senate speaker
Miloš Vystrčil laid wreathes at Masaryk’s tomb at Lány near Prague. A
new exhibition on TGM was also launched at a museum dedicated to him in the
The hometown of the “president liberator”, Hodonín in Moravia, held events in his honour, including a gathering at a memorial to him attended by members of the Masaryk family.
Kladno ice hockey club, featuring veteran star Jaromír Jágr, have been
relegated from the Czech Extraliga after a single season in the top flight.
Jágr’s hometown club went down after losing 2-6 in a face-off to decide
relegation against Litvínov on Friday evening.
After the game NHL legend Jágr, who is now 48, said he was weighing up his future and whether it was worth continuing to play in the Czech league.
The work of Czech dentists is being complicated by a shortage of facemasks
and in particular respirators and the Czech Dental Chamber has now issued
special guidelines in view of the coronavirus situation, Právo reported on
Saturday. Dentists have been advised that unless there is an acute need
they should not treat patients who have returned from Italy and should
reschedule such appointments.
The Dental Chamber also says that its members who do not have state of the art equipment and respirators ought to extract teeth that are placing patients’ lives in danger rather than trying to repair them.
The annual Czech Lion film awards are set to take place at Prague’s
Rudolfinum on Saturday evening. Owners by Jiří Havelka has the most
nominations with 12, followed by Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird with
11 and Old-Timers by Martin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník, which is in the
running for 10 prizes.
Among those presenting the awards will be Eduard Marek, a one-time member of the anti-Communist resistance and political prisoner, and Simon Mawer, a British writer whose novels have explored Czech themes.
The winter just ending was the second warmest on record at the Clementinum
weather station in central Prague since 1775, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute said on Saturday. The average temperature
recorded during the winter was 5.1 degrees Celsius; the warmest winter on
record in Prague, in 2006/2007, saw an average temperature of 5.8 degrees
Last month was the warmest February in the Czech capital since 1775, the meteorologists said.
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.