A plane from Glasgow to Budapest made an emergency landing at Prague’s
Vaclav Havel Airport shortly before 1pm on Monday.
According to the airport’s spokesman ,Roman Pacvoň, the pilot requested an emergency landing due to a passenger’s health problems. No further details were released.
According to the news site novinky.cz the passenger was escorted from the plane by paramedics.
A further easing of restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus epidemic
came into effect on Monday June 8. As of that day public events and
gatherings may involve up to 500 people, opening the way for weddings,
exhibitions and fairs.
Cinemas, theatres and concert halls are no longer bound to respect strict social distancing rules that severely limited the size of the audience and pubs and restaurants no longer need to close by 11 pm.
Face-masks remain compulsory in enclosed public spaces such as public transport, shops, hospitals and institutions. Schools have reopened for secondary school students, although attendance is not compulsory.
The winning photographs of the 63rd World Press Photo competition, offering
the best in visual journalism, went on display in Prague on Monday, in the
first public showing since the exhibition’s recent premiere in Amsterdam.
The collection of winning photos, including the overall winner, titled "Straight Voice", taken by AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, which captures the atmosphere of the popular uprising in Sudan, is complemented by photographs by domestic photographers relating to the coronavirus crisis.
The exhibition ends on June 28.
A new book on the tragic fate of Milada Horáková, the politician who was
sentenced and executed in the hard-line 1950s, is due to come out on the
70th anniversary of her death on June 27.
The title of the publication "I'm going with my head held high" is a quote from the last letter that the Czech lawyer and politician addressed to her family.
The book is based on a series of personal interviews with Horáková’s daughter Jana Kánská in which she confides the painful details of that terrible time, when she was just 15 years old, including the last meeting with her mother a few hours before her execution.
The Interior Ministry has proposed amending the National Security Act in a
way that would enable the government to respond more flexibly to crisis
situations such as the coronavirus pandemic.
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, who presented the proposal to the National Security Council on Monday, said at a press briefing that the change of law would entail the introduction of a “state of danger”, which would be a milder form of the state of emergency which the government used to manage the crisis.
Minister Hamáček said that the state of danger could be a follow-up on the state of emergency, giving the government the chance to rule by government decrees in the event of a pandemic or cyber-attack. According to the amendment, the cabinet should be given the opportunity to declare a state of danger for the whole or part of the Czech Republic.
In dealing with the coronavirus crisis the government was criticized by the opposition for extending the state of emergency for longer than strictly needed. The change of law would require a constitutional majority in the lower house and will now be debated with the opposition.
The two Russian diplomats who were expelled by the Czech government last
week left the country on Sunday, boarding an Aeroflot flight to Moscow.
The news was confirmed by Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who said the Russian side had rejected Czech efforts to resolve the matter in a discrete manner leaving the government no option but to declare the diplomats persona non grata, giving them 48 hours to leave the country.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Friday that the two men were involved in a bogus information plot in which the Czech counter-intelligence service BIS was fed information that a Russian agent had been sent to Prague to kill elected Prague officials with the poison ricin.
The prime minister said the incident, which resulted in a large scale investigation and severely strained bilateral relations, stemmed from a dispute between Russian embassy staffers. Such behaviour could not be tolerated, he said.
The head of Russian civil intelligence, Sergei Naryshkin, called the diplomats expulsion a "vile provocation" by the Czech authorities, saying reciprocal action would follow.
One person drowned and another is reported missing in flash floods that hit
the eastern parts of the country on Sunday night following several hours of
The situation was worst in the towns of Uničov and Šumperk in the Olomouc region where the water level rose by a metre necessitating the evacuation of inhabitants from dozens of houses.
Firefighters also saved several people who were trapped in their cars. Extensive damage to property and infrastructure is reported.
Finance Minister Alena Schillerová has said she would not support a
state-guaranteed loan for the Smartwings aviation group.
She voiced the stand in a debate on Prima TV in connection with a report on the news site Lidovky.cz according to which the company is preparing to ask the state for a loan of 900 million crowns.
In line with a rescue plan debated by the company’s executive board, the company’s shareholders should invest roughly one billion crowns towards its consolidation.
The Smartwings Group served 8.2 million passengers last year. It is now facing severe financial problems due to the decline in air travel due to the coronavirus crisis.