Historian and ex-dissident Jan Křen died on Tuesday at the age of 89. He
had contracted Covid-19 at an old folks’ home in Prague’s Michle
district, where he had been resident.
Mr. Křen, who specialised in Czech-German relations, was thrown out of the Communist Party in 1970 over his opposition to the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. He later signed Charter 77 and helped run underground apartment seminars. He received a Medal of Merit from President Václav Havel in 2002.
Over 5,000 cases of Covid-19 have now been detected in the Czech Republic,
according to the latest official figures. The number stood at 5,017 just
after midnight. The current figure for deaths is 91. Over 91,000 tests have
been conducted for the new coronavirus and 172 people have recovered.
The first three cases of the infection were detected on March 1 and within weeks the government had introduced a series of strict measures to contain the pandemic, including a state of emergency that on Tuesday was extended to April 30.
A man of 42 with Covid-19 died in Prague on Monday at the city’s General
Teaching Hospital. The immediate cause of death was cerebral haemorrhage
due to heart inflammation, a hospital spokesperson told the media on
At present 80 people with the coronavirus have died in the Czech Republic and almost 5,000 cases have been detected. Five of those who have died were under the age of 49.
The Czech lower house has voted to extend the current state of emergency
until April 30. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš had asked MPs to keep the
measure in place for a second 30-day period, meaning until May 11. However,
government figures had earlier signalled that they would be satisfied with
an extension till the end of April, a date preferred by a number of
The government initially declared a state of emergency in an effort to contain the coronavirus epidemic.
During a debate lasting several hours, the government faced criticism from the opposition as well as demands for a clear plan of return to normal life in the Czech Republic. Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said that this would occur after Easter.
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček told the Chamber of Deputies that the current situation was the biggest security challenge to the Czech Republic since World War II.
Police have recommended that former Czech prime minister Petr Nečas face
charges of bearing false testimony, the news site Aktuálně.cz reported on
Wednesday. Mr. Nečas testified in a case involving his wife Jana. She was
found guilty of, when she was head of the PM’s office, using the Military
Intelligence Service to monitor Mr. Nečas’s then wife Radka.
The court panel in Jana Nečasová’s trial said that statements made in her defence by Mr. Nečas were untrue. He could face up to three years in jail if found guilty.
Former Social Democratic Party MP Jaroslav Foldyna has joined the deputies
group of Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy. He made the
announcement alongside Mr. Okamura at the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday.
Mr. Foldyna said the Social Democrats were no longer the party led by current president Miloš Zeman back in the 1990s, which he said had respected national interests.
This year’s European Judo Championships are now set to take place in
Prague in early November. The event had originally been due to take place
in May but was reorganised for June 19 to 21, but those dates have also
been abandoned, the organisers announced. The European Judo Union has to
confirm the November dates with venue the O2 Arena.
The biggest domestic name at the European Championships should be Olympic and world champion Lukáš Krpálek. The event has not been held in the Czech Republic in almost 30 years
The Ministry of Health has extended the closure of most shops and
restaurants and a prohibition on the free movement of people until the end
of the current state of emergency imposed in a bid to combat Covid-19. The
measures in question had been due to run out next Saturday.
Following a recommendation from the Central Crisis Staff the cabinet asked the Chamber of Deputies to extend the 30-day state of emergency brought in on March 13.
Restrictions on sporting activities imposed in the Czech Republic over the
coronavirus pandemic were eased on Tuesday. People are now allowed to play
individual sports outdoors while runners and cyclists no longer need to
cover their mouths and noses unless they are in crowded areas. The changes
were announced on Monday by Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček.
From Thursday building products and hardware stores and bicycle repair shops will be allowed to reopen.
A new rule governing social-distancing of two metres in shops will also come in on Thursday. This does not apply to relatives or those assisting seniors.
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