The Czech army is preparing to take command of the EU mission in Mali in
June. The Czechs will take over from the Portuguese, and remain in charge
of the operation for a period of six months.
Brigadier General František Ridzák who will head the mission is to travel to Mali with around 40 soldiers to reinforce the 120-strong contingent already there. Their main task will be to continue in the training of Mali’s army, which is fighting Islamic radicals in the country.The training was suspended in April due to the coronavirus crisis.
It will be the first time that a military mission on African soil is commanded by an officer from a Central European country, showing Prague’s significant commitment in this area. Czech soldiers have served in the EU mission in Mali since 2013.
Czech Airlines on Monday resumed passenger flights to three destinations
after a break of two months caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Czech
Airlines is now flying to Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
The carrier, which is part of the Smartwings Group, also plans to resume operation on its lines to Kiev and Odessa later in May, provided mandatory quarantine restrictions are terminated in Ukraine by then.
Czech Airlines and Smartwings suspended all flights from and to the Czech Republic on March 13 after the government declared state of emergency, grounding 23 planes at the country’s four international airports.
The number of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic rose by 20 on Sunday,
which is the lowest number in the past eight days, according to Czech
Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,475. 298 people have died and 5,462 have recovered from the disease. At the moment, 175 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, around 40 of them are in serious condition.
The number of newly registered Covid-19 infections has remained under 100 over more than two weeks now.
17 miners from the Darkov mine near the Silesian town of Karviná have
tested positive for Covid-19 and five members of their families have also
been infected with the virus, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday.
According to the head of the regional hygienic station, a blanket testing
will be carried out in the mine starting on Monday.
After the outbreak of the virus, the Darkov mine introduced strict hygienic measures, including regular disinfecting of the premises. Employees are required to wear gloves, eye protection and FFP2 respirators and have their temperature checked upon their arrival at work.
Austria reopened all its border crossings with the Czech Republic, Slovakia
and Hungary at midnight Saturday.
As of Sunday morning, police and customs officers will only carry out random tests of people travelling across the border, the Austrian interior ministry informed.
According to the spokesowman of the Czech Ministry of Interior, people returnign to the Czech Republic will have to present a negative test for Covid-19 or to be qurantined for two weeks.
Two-thirds of Czechs supported their favourite restaurants by ordering food
during the state of emergency, according to a survey conducted by the
agency Up Czech Republic among more than 500 respondents.
Over 40% of consumers ordered take-aways or home deliveries, most of them on a weekly basis, suggests the survey. Restaurants and pubs were allowed to reopen their outdoor spaces as of Monday, May 11. The interiors are due to reopen on May 25.
Buildings in cities and towns across the Czech Republic will be illuminated
with red light on Sunday to mark the International AIDS Candlelight
Memorial. The international event, organised in the Czech Republic by the
Czech Aids Help Society, is held annually on May 21 to raise social
consciousness about HIV and AIDS and to commemorate the people who died
Among the buildings to light up red on Sunday night will be the Dancing House and the lookout tower on Prague’s Petřín Hill, the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ústí nad Labem and the New Town Hall Lookout Tower in Ostrava. There are currently over 3,600 people with HIV living in the Czech Republic.
The number of newly registered coronavirus cases has remained under 100
over the past 15 days, with 49 new cases reported on Saturday, according to
Czech Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,455. 296 people have died and 5,422 have recovered from the disease. At the moment, 183 people are hospitalized with COVID 19, 39 of them are in serious condition.