The amount of people using public transport in Prague has gone down by 80
percent since mid-February, while traffic is down by more than a third in
the centre, Prague City Hall announced on Friday.
According to Deptuy Mayor for Transport Adam Scheinherr the major decrease came after the government passed restrictions to free movement that came into effect on March 16.
Leading publishers in the Czech republic have launched a joint initiative
wherein every day one of the country's popular authors will read an
excerpt from their book to viewers on YouTube. The project began this
Friday with journalist and former US corespondent for Czech Television
Martin Řezníček reading from his new book Divided States (Rozelle
státy), which is based on his experiences while he was in America.
Other authors who will be reading from their books in the coming days are Michael Žantovský, Miloš Urban and former Radio Prague reporter Pavla Horáková.
The publishers, who have been hit heavily by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic measures, are hoping the project will remind readers that their books can still be bought online.
Large hospitals have to begin operating in the state's crisis
financing system, otherwise they will go bankrupt, the director of
Prague's General Faculty Hospital David Feltl said at a press
conference on Friday.
He said the current "peacetime" model of hospital financing is insufficent to cover the extreme rise in prices for equipment needed to combat the COVID-19 cornavirus.
As far as protective equipment at the Prague General Faculty Hospital is concerned, Mr Feltl said that the hospital is sufficiently equiped. However, it lacks testing equipment.
Some 259 caes of coronavirus infections were registered in the Czech
Republic on Thursday, a decline of around 30 percent as opposed to
Wednesday when the number of daily infections peaked.
As of Friday mid-day there were 2,062 cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 10 patients fully recovered and 9 dead.
A male COVID-19 patient who was taken into Prague's Faculty Hospital
folowing lung failure is recovering and has been taken off extracorporeal
life support. News appeared that this was a result of him being granted
experimental treatment incvolving the drug known as redemsivir. However,
the head of the Anastesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Unit, Jan
Bláha, said on Friday that there was no reason for optimism yet.
Furthemore, doctors from the hospital have said that the patient's
ilness began improving before he took the drug.
The patient received the medication as part of experimental treatment. However, many others who asked for redemsivir treatment have been declined due to the limited numbers of the drug.
Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula said that the state is negotiating further use of the drug with supliers.
After several months of missing from Prague's Letná hill due to
repairs, the famous pendulum designed in 1991 by sculptor Vratislav Novák
has returned, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday.
The artwork should start swinging in the next few weeks and will bear a banner with the words "Lidi děkujeme" (People, thank you) as a sign of gratitude to those who are helping in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The "Metronome", as the work is known, stands on the spot where the Communist regime built a massive statue of Joseph Stalin. The statue was demolished in 1962 as a result of the de-Stalinasation process folowing the ascent of Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev.
The United States Embassy in Prague is advising Czech citizens to book
their return flights back to Europe, the Czech News Agency reports. A sharp
rise in ticket prices is expected as the US plans to limit flight
connections in the next few days.
The embassy also confirmed that a special flight will take place next week taking off from Chicago and landing in Prague in order to repatriate Czech citizens who cannot use commercial flights. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has stressed that this will be the only diplomatically organised flight.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has thus far helped repatriate some 3,500 Czechs during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The Czech Republic's chief car manufacturer Škoda Auto has announced
it will prolong its halt on manufacturing until April 14 due to the ongoing
coronavirus pandemic. Originally, production was supposed to restart from
In a letter signed by Škoda CEO Bernhard Meier, the manufacturer says that the move is a reaction to low demand caused by the closure of sales facilities in the Czech Republic and across many other European states.
Employees have been receiving 70 percent of their normal salaries since March 18 as compensation. Next week the sum is to be lifted up to 75 percent.
The average monthly salary for teachers rose to CZK 40,111 last year, up
14.9 percent in annual terms, according to Ministry of Education data. By
comparison, the average salary increased by 7.1 percent last year to CZK
34,125 per month.
The average salary of non-teaching staff in the education sector rose by 11.6 percent last year to CZK 21,786. The ministry has not yet published statistics on salary increases according to various types of schools.
In its policy statement, the government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) pledged to raise salaries in the education sector to 150 percent of their 2017 level by the year 2021. For teachers, that would be around CZK 47,322.