Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka is in quarantine as are others who have
been in close contact with Karel Herbst, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of
Prague, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Herbst is in intensive care in a Prague hospital, but Duka told Czech Radio that he has responded positively to treatment. Both Catholic clergymen are in their late seventies.
Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (for ANO) will propose a moratorium on
the repayment of mortgages and loans for six months to mitigate the
coronavirus’s economic impact.
Speaking on TV Prima on Sunday, Schillerová said she would formally make the proposal on Wednesday. Opposition leaders have backed the idea, which is in line with what they had suggested.
Schillerová suggested that interest on loans should also be reduced to “some symbolic amount”. She will also propose the government abolish the 4 percent acquisition tax on real estate.
The Czech Republic on Sunday dispatched 20,000 disposable protective suits
to Spain and Italy, the European countries hit hardest by the novel
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) told reporters that the protective suits come from police deposits in Opočínek near Pardubice. Each country will receive 10,000 of them.
Petříček spoke on Sunday as he helped place labels with the word “unity” and Czech and Spanish or Italian flags on boxes full of the suits, being packed into vans.
The Czech Republic also sent samples of 3D-printed high-grade masks designed by the Czech Technical University and masks by the Czech company Nanologix.
The number of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic rose by 262 on
Saturday to 2,663, and two more people died of Covid 19, bringing the
number of fatalities to 13.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said 200 to 250 people are now being treated in hospital for the disease. Around 40 to 50 of them are in serious condition, he said.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) and Vojtěch are in favour of extending the state of emergency beyond April 11, for another 30 days. That would require approval from the lower house of Parliament.
Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats), wants to extend the quarantine regime imposed on people returning from countries at risk to all persons entering the country – Czechs, permanent residents and foreigners.
Leading Czech online food retailer Rohlík is launching an internet
platform for small businesses that don’t have their own.
ObchodBezpecne.cz (or “safe commerce”) aims to help them stay in
business during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rohlík founder Tomáš Čupr told news server iDnes.cz that in the first phase the platform will focus on small grocery stores, pharmacies and drugstores, all of which provide essentials during a quarantine.
The project is also supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Union of Commerce and Tourism. At the same time, Čupr has started another project, SuchýRohlík, delivering “dry goods” (long-lasting foodstuffs) nationwide.
Public health officials say 20 residents and 9 staffers of a retirement
home for dementia patients in Břevnice u Havlíčkův Brod tested positive
for the novel coronavirus over the weekend. One has died and another is in
According to the Association of Social Service Providers, 90 percent of retirement homes and similar facilities do not have high-standard (FFP3) respirators. Health Ministry Adam Vojtěch on Saturday said the ministry would send 200,000 facemasks to such facilities.
Association of Hospice Palliative Care Providers chairman Robert Huneš warned that staff have not been trained to properly wear protective gear.
A travelling Czech circus stuck in Latvia due to the coronavirus lockdown
has been “overwhelmed by the support of strangers helping”, who have
helped to feed the troupe and their animals, AFP reports.
The family-run Circus Alex has toured Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland each spring and summer for years. It has been unable to perform or return home since borders were closed in mid-March.
Circus owners turned to social media to ask for help to feed their three horses, horned goat, llama and themselves. An equestrian club located on the outskirts of Riga is sheltering the circus.
“Spring forward, fall back”. The annual shift to daylight saving time
takes place in the Czech Republic on Sunday at 2:00am, when clocks are
reset to 3:00am.
The time shift could be the country’s last. The European Parliament voted last spring to end it in the EU from 2021, leaving it to member states to choose summer or winter time as their standard.
Opponents of the time switch claim it is harmful to human health as it disturbs people’s natural biorhythms.