One-hundred and 11 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in the Czech
Republic on Monday, the biggest one-day increase since April 21. It was the
first time that 100 or more fresh cases were recorded on a single day in
No deaths with the coronavirus were registered in the Czech Republic on Monday. As of Tuesday at 2 pm the total number of fatalities had reached 301.
Some 53 employees at the Darkov mine in Karviná in the Moravian Silesian
Region have contracted Covid-19, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday. A
spokesperson for the regional hygiene office in Ostrava said that hundreds
of samples had been taken from workers at the mine on Monday night and had
not yet been processed.
After the first 11 cases of the coronavirus were registered at the mine on Friday operators OKD ordered tests on nearly 900 employees among a total of 1,800.
An OKD representative said none of the cases to date had been serious. The mine is continuing to operate as usual and strict hygiene conditions are in place.
The government on Monday eased the regulation which obliges people to wear
face masks in public. As of Tuesday, May 19, people working in intensely
hot environments, as well as office workers will not have to wear masks at
the workplace if they observe the social distancing requirements, i.e.
maintaining a two metre distance from each other.
Face masks will not be obligatory outdoors after May 25 although people will be required to wear them in shops and institutions and closed public spaces with a high risk of transmission such as public transport.
The government is planning to purchase 3.7 billion crowns worth of medical
equipment and protective gear for the country’s State Material Reserves
in preparation for a potential second wave of the coronavirus pandemic,
Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček told journalists after Monday’s
Individual ministries have been asked to state their requests for protective equipment by June 8. Suppliers will be selected via open tenders according to the Public Procurement Act.
In the first wave of the pandemic the government had inadequate material reserves and the Health Ministry came under fire for purchasing severely overpriced protective gear in an effort to supply hospitals with basic necessities such as face masks and disinfectant.
Individual purchases are now being checked by the Supreme Audit Office.
The government is planning to ease restrictions on the country’s borders
as of May 26, Czech Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček tweeted following
Monday’s cabinet session. Mr. Hamáček said that as of that date it
would be possible to enter or leave the country via a larger number of
crossing points and controls would be conducted on a random basis. Details
of the arrangement are to be settled and released next week.
Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula, who has led the fight against the coronavirus epidemic in the Czech Republic, said on Monday he would support the lifting of border restrictions with Austria and Slovakia in the near future. He said easing travel to Germany and Poland was problematic since both countries’ border regions still present a risk of importing the spread of coronavirus to the Czech Republic.
A two-month long state of emergency declared over the coronavirus crisis
ended at midnight on Sunday, May 17.
Some of the restrictions introduced in order to curb the spread of the virus during the state of emergency will remain in place, such as the obligation to wear face-masks in public places.
Indoor premises of restaurants, pubs and cafes will also remain closed until May 25th which will bring a further easing of restrictions.
The restrictions are now in force under the law on public health.
According to the Supreme Audit Office the Czech state does not have a good
overview of its museum collections.
Their administration and registration is fragmented, data on artefacts differ and the rules in place are only general. The office voiced the criticism on the basis of inspections focussing on the administration of museum collections owned by the state undertaken between 2016 and 2018.
According to auditors, the records of collection items in museums and galleries were often incomplete and the employees in charge of a collection were unable to explain missing objects, which had most likely been lost or stolen.
In the course of the two-year audit in ten museums and galleries some 3,000 registered artefacts were never found.
The Supreme Audit Office has laid the blame on the Ministry of Culture saying it did little to control administrators.
The Museum of Southeast Moravia in Zlín has announced the discovery of
rare parchments from the end of the fourteenth century in its collection.
While sifting through archive materials the museums’ employees discovered four pages from a liturgical book containing texts, prayers and blessings used by priests during Holy Mass throughout the year.
The Latin text is written mostly in black ink, with only some initial letters or words highlighted in red and blue.
Until now, the oldest book in the museum‘s collection was considered to be a Greek grammar book printed in 1535 in Basel. The parchments are now being studied by experts.