Eva Pilarová, one of the biggest stars of old Czech pop music has died at
the age of 80, her husband Jan Kolomazník told the Czech News Agency. No
official fan tribute or goodbye ceremony will be organised due to the
ongoing government measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, he went on to
Born in 1939, Mrs Pilarová won a total of four Golden Nightingale awards, most of them during the 1960s, when she was one of the dominant stars in Czech pop music. Her famous songs include Rquiem, Night and Day, and Oliver Twist. In 2009, she received the Medal of Merit from then President Václav Klaus for her accomplishments.
The Czech government has ordered the closure of all shops with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores and petrol stations effective as of 6am March 14. This new measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus is scheduled to last until 06:00 on Tuesday, 24 March. The government has also closed restaurants and other food service establishments, with the exception of employee catering. Games and casinos will also be closed from 06:00 on Saturday.
The country’s leading epidemiologist, Deputy Health Minister Roman
Prymula says he expects shopping centres to be closed down within ten days
at the latest.
Mr. Prymula told Radio Z that experts now consider shopping centres a serious hazard in view of the large number of teenagers and young people who spend long hours in them, all the more since schools and universities closed within measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Eateries and fast food outlets in shopping centres are already closed but this has not put off young people spending hours on the premises.
The Brno University Hospital, which operates one of the Czech
Republic's biggest COVID-19 testing laboratories, was a hit by a
cyber-attack on Thursday night.
The incident which brought down the hospital‘s computer network, severely restricted the hospital’s operation in the course of the day, with a number of planned surgical interventions rescheduled and acute cases re-routed to nearby St. Anne's University Hospital. However testing for the coronavirus was not disrupted.
According to the hospital’s director Jaroslav Sterba it will take weeks to fully restore operations in all departments.
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic has
now reached 141, with over 4,800 people quarantined. Cases have now been
recorded in all regions of the country. Prague has the highest number, with
Two patients are in serious condition, one is on life support. 2353 people have been tested for the virus to date.
The authorities are expanding the list of clinics where people can get tested.
The air carriers Smartwings and Czech Airlines are suspending all flights
from and to the Czech Republic for the duration of the government ban on
travel. They will ground 23 planes at the country’s four international
Smartwings and Czech Airlines earlier announced that people flying with them can re-book their flights without any sanctions. The decision pertains to any flights that coincide with the ban which may last for 30 days or longer, up until June 30.
As of midnight Sunday international passenger trains and busses will not be allowed to cross the border.Freight trains will be allowed free passage.
The foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group states (the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Poland and Hungary) and Germany will hold a video-conference on
the coronavirus epidemic, the situation on the Greek-Turkish border and EU
related issues on Friday.
Their meeting in Prague was cancelled due to the coronavirus health threat.
The prime ministers of the V4 states recently met in Prague to discuss measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic including special regimes on their borders and possible humanitarian aid in the event of a worsening crisis.
Intentional spreading of the coronavirus has been classified as a criminal
offense punishable by law.
Justice Minister Marie Benešová issued an edict placing COVID 19 on the list of infectious diseases which present a serious public health threat. The new classification has been approved by the government.
The move is to put off people who are in quarantine from going out and putting others at risk. Over 1,200 people have been quarantined to date. Their numbers are expected to grow.
The Czech government has declared an unprecedented ban on travel in
connection with the coronavirus epidemic.
Czechs and foreign nationals with permanent or long-term residence (90 days) in the Czech Republic will not be allowed to leave the country. Foreigners will not be able to enter the country for the duration of the 30-day state of emergency declared on March 12th.
The ban will not effect cross-border workers, truck and bus drivers, pilots and emergency services employees.
The ban will come into force oat midnight on Sunday.
Czechs abroad will be allowed to return home but those returning from "high-risk" countries will be quarantined for 14 days.
According to the country’s mobile operators there are currently 205,000 Czechs abroad out of which 196,000 are in Europe.
The “high risk” states are: China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Denmark and France.
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