The Ústí nad Labem regional hygiene station on Friday confirmed the first case of community transmission of coronavirus in the Czech Republic. The patient, a woman, contracted the virus from her son, who had returned from a skiing holiday in Italy and is currently hospitalised at Prague’s Bulovka hospital. The woman was brought to a hospital in Ústí nad Labem and is reported to be in good condition. There are currently 70 people in quarantine in the region of Ústí nad Labem.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has urged Czech citizens not to travel to
Italy and to stay at home for two weeks if they return from the country. Mr
Babiš made the statement on his Twitter account following his meeting with
deputy health minister Roman Prymula on Friday.
"This measure is essential to prevent uncontrolled spreading of coronavirus in the Czech Republic," Mr Babiš has said, adding that he will discuss the situation with Prague mayor and regional governors later in the day.
So far, state authorities have advised Czechs to avoid four high-risk regions in Italy: Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Piemont. According to the latest information, there are currently 3,858 people infected with coronavirus in Italy and 148 have died.
The average gross monthly salary in the Czech Republic increased by 6.7
precent in the last quarter of this year to 36,144, according to data
released by the Czech tatistics Office on Friday.
In real terms, taking into account inflation, wages increased by 3,6 percent. However, two thirds of Czech employees earn less than the average wage. The median wage, a midway between the highest and the lowest levels, was CZK 31, 202, up by 6.6 percent compared to the same period last year.
Some 80 percent of employees earned wages between CZK 15, 365 and CZK 58,398.As for salaries in the capital, Prague, the average monthly wage reached CZK 44,237 crowns in the last quarter of 2019.
A ban on the export of disinfectants comes into effect in the Czech
Republic on Friday. The measure concerns all producers of disinfectants and
will remain in place until further notice. According to the Minister of
Health Adam Vojtěch, the goal of the measure is to ensure sufficient
domestic supply and also to prevent profiteering.
Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health announced it was prohibiting the export of all FFP3-class respirators outside the country and their sale to all but medical and social facilities, public health protection bodies, integrated rescue services and other state administration bodies.
The Czech Republic’s Markéta Davidová won the bronze medal in the
women’s 7.5 kilometre sprint on the first day of the European biathlon
championships in Nové Město na Moravě on Thursday evening. The
23-year-old Czech finished third with one penalty, 49.7 seconds behind the
victorious Denise Herrmann of Germany.
The biathlon World Cup event in Nové Město na Moravě, which regularly attracts over 100,000 visitors, is taking place without spectators due to the coronavirus threat.
The annual One World festival of human rights documentary films got
underway in Prague on Thursday evening under the motto “Not till a hot
January”, addressing environmental issues. Now in its 22nd year, the
festival will be screening 133 documentaries from 60 countries, and will
bring more than 130 festival guests to the Czech capital.
At the opening event at Prague’s Lucerna cinema, the People in Need foundation presented its annual human rights award Homo Homini to the jailed Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov for his commitment to defending basic human rights and to assure a fair trial to all citizens of Tajikistan. The prize, presented by Ukrainian director and former political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, was accepted by Yorov’s brother.
After coming to a close in Prague, the One World festival will move on to 35 other Czech towns and cities.
Former Czech Defence Minister Jiří Šedivý was appointed new Chief
Executive of the European Defence Agency. He will assume office next month.
Mr Šedivý, who is 56, served in the past as deputy minister for European Affairs of the Czech Republic and permanent representative of the Czech Republic to NATO. He currently works at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as special representative for for combating disinformation and hostile foreign influences.
As an expert, he also played an important role in the Czech Republic’s accession to NATO. It was during this period that he served as external adviser to President Václav Havel.
Czech documentary ‘Caught in the Net’, highlighting the danger posed by
online predators, attracted a record number of visitors during the first
seven days since its release.
The film, co-directed by Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová, was seen by
over 179,000 people, making it the biggest box-office documentary in the
history of the Czech Republic.
Previously, the most popular documentary film was ‘Citizen Havel’ by Miroslav Janek from 2007, which attracted 163,726 cinemagoers.
‘Caught in the Net’, which presents over-18 actresses as 12-years-olds on fake social media profiles to expose online predators, has already led to several criminal investigations.
Czech humanitarian aid supplies to Greece, including electric generators,
pumps and tents, will be transported from the Czech Republic on Friday by
firefighters from the national centre for co-ordinating humanitarian aid in
the West Bohemian town of Zbiroh, a spokeswoman for the Czech fire corps
said on Thursday.
The government on Wednesday agreed to send humanitarian aid to Greece in order to prevent a re-run of the migration crisis of 2015. Interior Minister Jan Hamáček also offered a lump sum of EUR one million in immediate financial aid to Greece and 20 policemen who could serve as part of the Frontex European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
Greece is currently dealing with a new wave of thousands of migrants released by Turkey in a move that has been condemned by the Czech Chamber of Deputies as breaking the 2016 EU-Turkey agreement where Turkey promised to stop migrants moving through their country into Europe in Exchange for financial help.
According to the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO (Group of
States against Corruption), the Czech Republic’s compliance with the
agency’s recommendations is considered “globally unsatisfactory” and
maintains a very slow pace.
In its latest compliance report on the Czech Republic, GRECO says that only one of the 14 measures contained in the Fourth Round Evaluation Report, which concerned the code of professional conduct for all public prosecutors, has been dealt with satisfactorily. Seven measures have been implemented only to some degree and six have not been implemented at all. GRECO has called on the Czech authorities to provide a report on the progress made in implementing the given recommendations by the end of 2020 at the latest.
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