The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, says the minister of health, Adam
Vojtěch, has assured him that the State Security Council will consider a
temporary ban on Airbnb-type accommodation services in the city. The call
comes in connection with efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Mr. Hřib said on Twitter that whereas it was possible to trace visitors staying at hotels, this was far harder with Airbnb. He added that hotels were obliged to maintain certain norms and rules. Earlier, the mayor of the city centre Prague 1 district called for a freeze on short-term accommodation, pointing out that two French people who had stayed in central Prague had been discovered to have Covid-19 on their return home.
The Prague Castle authorities have closed all the complex’s buildings
that are normally open to the public in connection with the coronavirus
crisis. The grounds remain open, a spokesperson for the Prague Castle
Administration said on Wednesday. The changing of the Castle Guard, which
takes place every day at noon, has also been suspended.
Prague Castle is one of the most visited sites in the Czech Republic, attracting around two million tourists every year.
All events attended by 100 people or more have been banned in the Czech Republic, while the Ministry of Culture has closed all state museums and galleries.
Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula says school closures and a Czech
government ban on gatherings of 100 people or more will remain in place for
at least a month. Speaking to the DVTV video site, he said after that
period officials would reassess the necessity of the measures aimed at
halting the spread of the coronavirus.
Mr. Prymula said that the number infected with Covid-19 was likely to reach the hundreds by the end of this week, adding that the compulsory wearing of surgical masks could be introduced if the situation did not improve.
At 4:30 pm on Wednesday the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic had reached 75. Around 1,400 people had been tested for the Covid-19 disease by that time.
A two-year-old child in Prague has tested positive for the new coronavirus,
according to the city’s Public Health Service.
The toddler is the first person under the age of six diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic. The majority of those infected are between the ages of 21 and 64.
As of Wednesday morning, there were 64 confirmed cases, of which 34 were in Prague. Two of the latest in the Czech capital are US citizens, infected by a woman who had returned from Italy.
After Prague, the greatest number of cases are in the Ústí nad Labem and Central Bohemia regions, with 12 and 8 cases, respectively.Most are in quarantine at their homes.
Czech Radio has begun broadcasting rare and unique musical recordings from
the archive of the late composer Václav Riedlbauch.
The collection includes nearly 300 chamber, vocal and orchestral compositions by 30 composers, including works by Riedlbauch himself, and those of his students and peers.
Riedlbauch, a former head of the Czech Philharmonic, is perhaps best known for his ballet adaptation of Macbeth, which ran for six seasons at the National Theatre.
Among the 64 confirmed cases of coronarivus is a Prague Uber driver, who
and had at least 90 clients in the two days before being diagnosed and may
be a source of community-borne infection.
Epidemiologist Roman Prymula told Czech Television it was serious development. Another case is a Japanese national working in Olomouc, northern Moravia, who had travelled to Germany and the United Kingdom in recent days.
The National Security Council on Tuesday announced the closure of primary and secondary schools, as well as the cancellation of events bringing more than 100 people together. Many Czech universities have also cancelled lessons, including the technical and economic universities in Prague.
Average housing prices in Prague and large regional cities grew by 6.9
percent year on year in the third quarter of 2019, to CZK 60,700 per square
metre, a study by the consultancy Deloitte shows.
The biggest price increases were in Zlín (+18.9 percent), Ústí nad Labem (+15.7 percent) and Hradec Králové (+13.3 percent). Prices dropped most in Olomouc (-6.2 percent), Brno (-4.3 percent) and Pardubice (-1.8 percent).
Prague housing prices stood at CZK 85,400 per square metre on average in the third quarter. The average price of a new apartment in Prague has risen by 90 percent since mid-2015, Deloitte says.
The most expensive apartments were sold in Prague 1 (CZK 141,000 per sqm) and Prague 2 (CZK 116,100 per sqm). The cheapest were in Prague 9 (CZK 75,300 per sqm) and Prague 4 (CZK 76,000 per sqm).
The average net income for a Czech household is nearly 7 percent higher
than in 2017, but the number of people at risk of income poverty has also
risen, the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ) said on Tuesday.
Last year, 10.1 percent of the population, about 1.06 million, were at risk of income poverty, meaning they earn less than 60 percent of the median net income.
Compared to 2018, an additional 50,000 more people are at risk, the Office said, while noting that the Czech Republic is among the best-performing countries in the European Union in this regard.
The National Institute for the Preservation of Monuments (NPÚ) has closed
all year-round heritage sites until further notice and postponed the
opening dates for seasonal sites indefinitely, ČTK reports.
Objects open year-round include castles in Třeboň, Mníšek pod Brdy, Nové Hrady, Hluboká nad Vltavou and Karlštejn. Last year, more than 5 million people visited state monuments and heritage sites.
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