Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova has booked her spot in the
semi-finals of the Qatar Total Open in Doha, after defeating Tunisia's
Ons Jabeur 7-6, 7-6. The 2018 Czech champion will face World No.1 Ashleigh
Barty for a place in the final.
Top seeds Barbora Strýcová with her Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-wei will take on No.6 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Jelena Ostapenko in the women’s doubles final, after beating the Czech pair Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková 6-4, 4-6, 12-10.
The population of lynx living in the Czech-Bavarian-Austrian border area is
estimated at 107 individuals, according to the results of a large-scale
monitoring carried out between 2017 and 2018, presented by the Ministry of
Environment on Friday. Around one third of the overall numbers are females
The population of the wild cat covers an area of approximately 13,000 kilometres, stretching from the River Danube in the south to the Brdy and Český les mountain range in the north.
The 3Lynx project, which monitors the lynx population in six European countries, was launched in 2017 with the aim to outline a joint strategy to protect the endangered species.
Around 300 opponents of the newly-appointed Czech Ombudsman Stanislav
Křeček turned out to demonstrate against him outside the Ombudsman’s
Office in Brno on Thursday evening. The protest was organized by the civic
group Společně Brno which claims Křeček will not pursue a human rights
agenda as the post requires.
Křeček, who was nominated by President Miloš Zeman and elected by the Chamber of Deputies, angered his critics by saying he would defend the rights of the “majority society” and that Romanies should take care of their own rights. He has also come under fire for his description of Muslim migrants as an “invasion”.
The civic movement Million Moments for Democracy is planning to hold a demonstration against the new ombudsman in Prague on Sunday.
The six Czechs who were quarantined in a hotel in Tenerife on Monday will
be able to leave the island, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš reported
following negotiations with the local authorities.
Mr. Babiš said the authorities had agreed with their repatriation on condition they would leave the island immediately.
The six Czech tourists, including a five-year-old-child, were placed in quarantine together with 720 other guests and close to 300 staff members after one of the guests tested positive for coronavirus.
The Czechs claim they could not have been infected since the man was already in hospital when they arrived.
Prague has renamed the square Pod kaštany where the Russian Embassy is
located after the murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
The renaming ceremony was led by Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib in the presence of Nemtsov’s daughter Zhanna. The square was renamed as a gesture of solidarity with Russian pro-democracy and human rights campaigners.
Nemtsov, one of President Putin’s most vocal critics, was gunned down on 27 February 2015. Prague City Council also recently voted in favour of renaming a promenade in the Bubeneč district after investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, slain a decade earlier.
The Central Epidemiological Commission met on Thursday to discuss measures
which would be implemented in the event of the spread of the coronavirus to
the Czech Republic. At a press briefing following the meeting Health
Minister Adam Votěch warned against mass panic and food hoarding. He said
doctors had been given instructions how to deal with suspected cases of
coronavirus infection and that facemasks would be available within a
More than 135 people have so far been tested for the COVID-19 virus with all results negative. However a number of Czechs who have returned from high risk areas in northern Italy are in quarantine and preventive measures are in force at the country’s international airports.
With the spread of the virus to more European countries Czechs have been buying up face-masks and have started hoarding food in the event of a crisis. Some companies have ordered employees who have recently been to Italy or Asia to work from home for a fortnight.
Prague’s Václav Havel International Airport says the coronavirus scare
has reduced the number of outgoing and incoming flights by around 25 a day.
A further decline is expected in the coming weeks.
All direct flights to and from China were suspended at the beginning of February and as of Thursday February 27th Czech Airlines suspended all direct flights to South Korea, which has the second largest number of coronavirus infections after China.
The airport has introduced monitoring of passengers arriving from other destinations where the coronavirus has been confirmed and passengers from northern Italy go via a special gate attended by medics.
The company Respilon from Brno which recently announced it had developed
special facemasks which would provide protection against the coronavirus
says it will be able to market them within a few weeks.
The company is producing the masks, made of nanofiber and copper oxide which are capable of effectively eliminating the virus, in Israel in cooperation with its Israeli partners. Production in Brno should start in May.
Respilon cooperated with three Chinese companies and has around 750,000 masks in China but cannot get to its supplies in view of the present situation in the country.
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