Jan Hamáček, the head of the country’s Central Crisis Staff, will
recommend the government extending the state of emergency by another 30
days, until May 11. He made the statement after the staff’s meeting on
Mr Hamáček said the state of emergency will not affect potential loosening of the protective measures introduced by the government. The cabinet is due to discuss the proposal later in the day.
The Central Crisis Staff will also recommend the government to allow police officers to fine on the spot citizens who violate the protective measures against Covid-19.
The government declared a state of emergency in the Czech Republic on March 12.
The ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would win elections to the lower house of parliament with 30.8 percent voter support, suggests a freshly released poll by the STEM agency. According to the March survey, the Pirate Party would come second with 15.2 percent, followed by the Civic Democrats with the backing of 11.8 percent of voters. Some 8.6 percent of respondents said they would cast their ballots for Freedom and Direct Democracy, 7.4 percent would back the Communists and 7 percent would support the Social Democrats, the survey indicates. The Mayors and Independents and the Christian Democrats would just cross the 5 percent threshold needed to win seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
A plane carrying 180 Czech citizens who were stranded in the United States by the coronavirus crisis is due to land in Prague on Wednesday afternoon. The repatriation flight, dispatched from Chicago, was organised by the Czech Foreign Ministry. According to the ministry’s spokeswoman, Zuzana Štíchová, no other repatriation flights from the United States have been planned for the present time. The Czech embassy in Washington has advised Czech citizens stranded in the United States to use commercial flights to Europe or book a charter flight organised by Slovakia, which will fly from Miami to the Slovak capital Bratislava next week.
Over 10,000 tradesmen in the Czech Republic have suspended their business
since the beginning of March, which is a 46 percent increase on the
previous year, according to a study by the analytical firm Bisnode. The
highest number of suspended business was recorded in the food sector and
The rapid increase is attributed to the government preventive measures against Covid-19, which have closed many businesses or cut down the demand for their services. According to Bisnode analyst Petra Štěpánová, people are suspending their businesses in order to be eligible for unemployment benefit or other social support.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases could reach 8,000 by mid-April,
when incidence should reach a peak, according to a predictive model
presented by the Institute of Health Information and Statistics on
Wednesday. At the end of the month there could be around 14,200 of
confirmed cases. The share of senior population with the disease could
increase to roughly 40 percent.
The number of all coronavirus cases, including those who show no symptoms of the disease and go unrecorded by the medical system could reach 5,600 in mid-April and 7,200 at the end of April, according to an optimistic scenario. The pessimistic model forecasts altogether 12,300 cases in mid-April and around 30,000 at the end of the month.
As of Wednesday morning there were 3,330 cases of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic. Thirty-two people have died and 70 are in a serious condition.
Deputy health minister Roman Prymula plans to carry out a blanket screening
for coronavirus on a representative sample of Czech population, Czech Radio
reported on Wednesday. The aim of the screening is to assess what
percentage of Czech population has contracted the Covid-19 disease.
Mr Prymula said he would like to carry out the testing as soon as possible, most likely next week. According to the new head of the country’s Central Crisis Staff, Jan Hamáček, they will use the rapid coronavirus test kits which are based on detecting antibodies against the virus.
Mr Prymula, who is in charge of the new smart quarantine system, also wants to screen all inhabitants of the town of Litovel and its surroundings, which was under full quarantine until Monday due to a high number of registered coronavirus cases.
The Czech Republic’s leading epidemiology expert Roman Prymula has
questioned the advice of the WHO regarding the use of facemasks, according
to which healthy people only need to wear a mask if they are taking care of
a person with suspected COVID 19 infection.
Prymula defended the Czech government’s decision to order the blanket use of face masks by all citizens, saying that the logic behind it was that people wore masks not to protect themselves but others in their vicinity.
The problem is that no one knows who may be infected before they develop symptoms, Prymula said.
He stressed that masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning.
The Czech sites have been awarded the European Heritage Label by the
Among the ten new localities added to the list are Kynžvart Chateau in West Bohemia and two functionalist housing estates built between the wars, namely the Baba Colony in Prague and the New House Colony in Brno.
The European Heritage Label aims to raise awareness of sites that have played a significant role in the history, culture and development of the European Union, as well as to highlight their European dimension through information and educational activities.
Czech Centres abroad are currently closed to the public, with planned
events in cooperation with local partners being moved to the autumn period.
Communication with foreign audiences now takes place exclusively online, via web pages, social networks and e-newsletters.
Presentations of Czech culture, science and innovation as well as Czech language teaching continue on #CzechCultureToTheWorld.
Check-out the Science Café online prepared by the Czech Centre London or the Artists That Never Give Up Project by the Czech Centre in New York.