The spread of influenza has been officially declared an epidemic. Over the
past week, the number of reported cases jumped 22 percent to 1,865 per
100,000 inhabitants, nearly 400 cases above the epidemic threshold.
The Bohemia region is currently most affected, with the greatest number of cases recorded among elementary-school children. To contain its spread, many schools closed temporarily. Some hospitals have restricted or banned patient visits.
Twelve people have already died from complications from the flu. Doctors estimate that the number of influenza-related deaths at between 1,500 to 2,000 each year. Most who succumb are elderly and have existing conditions.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček is due to visit Britain on February 7,
a week after Brexit took effect, to meet Czech nationals living in the now
former European Union member state.
The government will formally discuss Petříček’s mandate for the visit on Monday. But he is due to fly to Manchester, where the Czech Republic opened a new Consulate General for Brexit last year, honor the memory of Czechoslovak soldiers who fell during World War II buried near the city, and visit scientific and research institutions.
Petříček is also expecte to meet with various business and student groups to discuss the post-Brexit situation. Notably, Czechs must register as residents of EU states or lose rights they still enjoy until end-2020, under a transitional period.
The Czech men’s floorball team has secured a spot in this year's
World Cup in Helsinki.
Following a 7-1 win over the Netherlands at qualification tournament in Latvia on Friday evening, the Czechs are in first place in Group E.
The World Cup hosted by Helsinki runs from 4–12 December 2020. The Finnish team are the reigning champions, having defended their gold medal in Prague in 2018.
Renowned Czech photographer Staša Fleischmannová, known for her portraits
of numerous important figures such as Karel Čapek, André Breton and Boris
Pasternak, as died at the age of 100.
One of her sons, Michel Fleischmann, the current Czech ambassador to France, said that she would be buried on February 5 at Olšany Cemetery in Prague.
Staša Fleischmannová and her twin sister, Olga Housková, opened a Prague photo studio in the famous Topič building on Národní Street in 1939. They worked together on many portraits.
The spread of the flu virus has reached an epidemic in Prague, the Czech Hygiene Office reported on Friday. The past week has seen an increase of 22 percent in patients diagnosed with the flu. Six other regions have crossed the threshold of an epidemic as well with 1,500 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants. Twelve people have already died of flu complications. Many hospitals have closed their doors to visitors.
The Czech Republic has so far tested 34 cases of suspected coronavirus with
all results negative, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch reported on Friday.
Currently no further suspected cases have been reported.
In response to the WHO declaring a state of public health emergency, the Czech Republic introduced screening at all Czech international airports, whereas previously they were in effect only at Prague’s main airport.
The Czech government is to meet on Monday to debate banning all direct flights from China. The health minister said he considered such a move legitimate.
Britain will remain an important ally and business partner for the Czech
Republic despite its departure from the EU, Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš
Petříček said on Britain’s last day in the alliance.
In a video posted on Twitter, Petříček described Britain as a close partner and ally, who had assisted the Czech Republic on the way to EU membership.
He expressed the hope that the two countries would continue to cooperate closely in the areas of business, cyber security, research and environmental protection as well as fostering strong people-to-people contacts.
Having studied in Great Britain, the country has grown close to my heart, I hope its departure from the EU will not put a distance between us, Petříček said.
Some 155 Czech hotels and pensions are taking part in the fourth annual
‘Hotel Night’ promotion that gives big discounts to locals.
More than 2,000 rooms in Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Karlovy Vary, Ostrava and other cities are available through the promotion.
The Czech Association of Hotels and Restaurants holds the annual event as a thank-you to locals in heavily touristed areas.
It also aims to show how much the sector benefits the economy and inform locals of job opportunities.
The police have filed charges against a 31-year-old man who was detained
after trying to force his way into the Czech Chamber of Deputies on
The incident happened when the chamber was in session and the man reportedly threatened the guards with a knife. He was apprehended and remains in custody.
The man faces up to four years in prison for violence against a public official. The motive behind his actions remains unclear.