Life in the Czech Republic could return to normal at the end of May or in
June, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told the daily Blesk.
He said the coronavirus epidemic was likely to peak at the end of April when the country would have between 10,000 and 15,000 infected.
The prime minister said the Central Crisis Staff was doing everything in its power to keep the epidemic under control and phase it out, saying the data available so far gave him reason to hope this might be possible.
He said the first easing of restrictions could be made after Easter, and appealed on the public for discipline over the Easter holidays.
Fuel prices in the Czech Republic continue to drop. The price of the
best-selling petrol, Natural 95 dropped on average by 93 hallers to 27.90
crowns per litre in the past week, the lowest price since April 2016. At
some petrol stations it is selling for 23 crowns per litre.
The price of diesel dropped by 64 hallers to 27.96 crowns per litre, according to data from CCS, which monitors fuel prices. According to analysts fuel will continue to decrease in the Czech Republic.
The number of coronavirus victims in the Czech Republic rose to 40 on
Thursday morning, with over 3,600 infected, the Ministry of Health
61 persons have fully recovered from the disease. Over 60,000 people have been tested for the virus.
The majority of those infected are in the 35 to 54 age bracket.
The number of infected among the elderly –ie. people over 65 –is 514. However the death rate in this group is much higher.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland violated EU law by refusing to take
in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the European
Union’s top court ruled on Thursday.
By refusing to comply with the provisional and time-limited mechanism for the mandatory relocation of applicants for international protection, the three countries failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law, the court ruled.
The court said the three member states had no right to cite safeguarding internal security or claim that the relocation program was dysfunctional, in refusing to comply.
The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice dealt with the case on the grounds of a complaint by the European Commission.
As of Thursday, shops with household goods, which offer protective
equipment, can open again in the Czech Republic. The exception was approved
by the government on Wednesday evening. It is another exemption from the
closure of all shops in the country, which is to remain in effect until
The exeption includes grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores and petrol stations. Other shops exempted from the closure include consumer electronics, florists, newspapers, magazines and tobacco products, and also pet shops and glasses shops. Banks and post offices are also untouched by the ban.
The government wants to extend the state of emergency in the Czech Republic
by another 30 days, until May 11.The extension, recommended by the
country’s Central Crisis Staff, has to be approved by the Chamber of
Deputies, which is to vote on it next week.
Some parties, including the Pirates and Civic Democrats, expressed reservations about the duration of state of emergency. The Pirates said they would support the proposal only if the government made clear when and under what conditions current protective measures against Covid-19 could be relaxed.
A state of emergency was declared in the Czech Republic on March 12 and remains in effect until April 11.
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.