The Slovak singer-songwriter Miro Žbirka, long resident in Prague, is
staging a concert on Thursday near Vinohrady Hospital to thank nurses,
doctors and other medical personnel for their hard work.
Since the coronavirus crisis, Žbirka has performed online concerts followed by more than 450,000 people. The 67-year-old singer stressed that the Vinohrady concert was also a personal thank you, as the hospital has treated him several times.
The Czech music industry’s annual Anděl awards named Žbirka male Singer of the Year in 2019.
Czech municipalities have cancelled thousands of investment projects for a
total of 8.4 billion crowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, an Association
of Cities and Towns (SMO) survey shows.
This survey of 382 local authorities published on Thursday further shows that 23,000 other projects totalling 27.6 billion crowns have been postponed.
During the survey presentation on Thursday, SMO representatives criticized the government’s plan to make the municipalities pay part of compensation being paid to affected entrepreneurs. A related bill is now before the Senate.
Summer camps will be authorized from June 27, the first unofficial day of
school holidays this year, National Youth Council chairman Aleš Sedláček
Details on operating conditions for summer camps during the continued coronavirus pandemic are to be issued by the Ministry of Health on Friday.
Earlier, the Ministry’s chief epidemiologist, Roman Prymula, said the risk of children contracting Covid-19 from each other at school and similar settings was “almost zero”.
The popular Czech travel writer and ethnologist Miloslav Stingl has died at
the age of 89. He had visited 151 countries during 14 extensive trips and
expeditions over a total of nearly 20 years.
Stingl spoke at least the basics of 17 languages and grew exceptionally close to groups of indigenous people from South America and the Pacific region.
His main interest was focused on the spiritual lives of indigenous people, including Mayas, Polynesians, Aborigines, Inuits, and American Indian tribes.
Stingl wrote 43 books, including some on the Czech lands. During his travels, he also shot over 500 hours of video and film, some of which aired on a 33-part series called “Around the World with Miloslav Stingl” for German public television.
As of Thursday morning, there have been 8,275 cases of the COVID-19
coronavirus in the Czech Republic. On Wednesday, 48 new cases of the virus
were detected, meaning the number of those newly infected every day has not
exceeded 100 for two weeks already.
Meanwhile, out of the total number of cases, three-fifths are now fully recovered, 2,927 are still fighting the disease and 290 have died.
The long-planned Museum of Totalitarianism, a project long in the making,
could be located in the premises of the Strahov Stadium in Prague,
representatives of two ruling coalition parties (TOP 09, Mayors and
Independents) announced on Wednesday.
The planned reconstruction of the stadium is yet to go ahead and could cost around CZK 1.2 billion. In the interim, the representatives said the museum could be housed in the House of the Page of the Lords, in Hradčany.
The government is not planning to cut defence spending as part of budget
cuts amid economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš told Czech Television on Wednesday. The Defence Ministry is
in the middle of negotiations regarding its biggest acquisition project,
the purchase of new armored troop carriers worth CZK 52 billion. The prime
minister said it is necessary to find a way in which this can go ahead.
The ministry announced earlier on Wednesday it had signed a CZK 1.7 billion deal with STV GROUP that will supply 47,000 bulletproof vests for the troops.
Mr Babiš also thanked the army for its help in combating the coronavirus pandemic.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš hopes that a diplomatic dialogue with
Russia will help normalise relations with the country, he said so in an
interview with the tabloid Blesk published on Wednesday. Mr Babiš said
that after consultations with him, Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš
Petříček had requested the opening of diplomatic dialogue with the
Russian side to which the Russians agreed. The Czech prime minister went on
to say that it is unacceptable for anyone to interfere in the Czech
domestic political scene, but that the Russian side has rejected such an
There have been tensions between the Czech Republic and Russia in recent months, mainly stemming from Russia’s condemnation of the removal of a statue of Soviet marshal Ivan Konev in Prague 6. Reports appeared in the press that a Russian intelligence officer had been sent to Prague in April carrying ricin poison and three Prague politicians were sent into hiding upon recommendation by Czech security services. However, Russia denies this took place.
During the first month of coronavirus lockdown in the Czech Republic, when
many Czechs were forced to work from home, productivity decreased by 10
percent and, after two months, fell further down by 30 percent. This
according to an analysis conducted by consulting firm Moore Czech Republic
among its clients.
Moore Czech Republic says this is mainly due to the transfer of whole teams into home office conditions, without the ability to analyse which sorts of work would be disadvantaged by the move.
The analysis also highlights that home office lowers a company’s cybersecurity capabilities and hinders the carrying out of tasks that require working with sensitive data. For example, workers in the public sector are often unable to take home their office laptop or computer due to security reasons, which affects their productivity.