Some 259 caes of coronavirus infections were registered in the Czech
Republic on Thursday, a decline of around 30 percent as opposed to
Wednesday when the number of daily infections peaked.
As of Friday mid-day there were 2,062 cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 10 patients fully recovered and 9 dead.
A male COVID-19 patient who was taken into Prague's Faculty Hospital
folowing lung failure is recovering and has been taken off extracorporeal
life support. News appeared that this was a result of him being granted
experimental treatment incvolving the drug known as redemsivir. However,
the head of the Anastesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Unit, Jan
Bláha, said on Friday that there was no reason for optimism yet.
Furthemore, doctors from the hospital have said that the patient's
ilness began improving before he took the drug.
The patient received the medication as part of experimental treatment. However, many others who asked for redemsivir treatment have been declined due to the limited numbers of the drug.
Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula said that the state is negotiating further use of the drug with supliers.
After several months of missing from Prague's Letná hill due to
repairs, the famous pendulum designed in 1991 by sculptor Vratislav Novák
has returned, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday.
The artwork should start swinging in the next few weeks and will bear a banner with the words "Lidi děkujeme" (People, thank you) as a sign of gratitude to those who are helping in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The "Metronome", as the work is known, stands on the spot where the Communist regime built a massive statue of Joseph Stalin. The statue was demolished in 1962 as a result of the de-Stalinasation process folowing the ascent of Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev.
The United States Embassy in Prague is advising Czech citizens to book
their return flights back to Europe, the Czech News Agency reports. A sharp
rise in ticket prices is expected as the US plans to limit flight
connections in the next few days.
The embassy also confirmed that a special flight will take place next week taking off from Chicago and landing in Prague in order to repatriate Czech citizens who cannot use commercial flights. Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has stressed that this will be the only diplomatically organised flight.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has thus far helped repatriate some 3,500 Czechs during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The Czech Republic's chief car manufacturer Škoda Auto has announced
it will prolong its halt on manufacturing until April 14 due to the ongoing
coronavirus pandemic. Originally, production was supposed to restart from
In a letter signed by Škoda CEO Bernhard Meier, the manufacturer says that the move is a reaction to low demand caused by the closure of sales facilities in the Czech Republic and across many other European states.
Employees have been receiving 70 percent of their normal salaries since March 18 as compensation. Next week the sum is to be lifted up to 75 percent.
The average monthly salary for teachers rose to CZK 40,111 last year, up
14.9 percent in annual terms, according to Ministry of Education data. By
comparison, the average salary increased by 7.1 percent last year to CZK
34,125 per month.
The average salary of non-teaching staff in the education sector rose by 11.6 percent last year to CZK 21,786. The ministry has not yet published statistics on salary increases according to various types of schools.
In its policy statement, the government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) pledged to raise salaries in the education sector to 150 percent of their 2017 level by the year 2021. For teachers, that would be around CZK 47,322.
Prague Zoo has a welcome new edition: a baby Asian elephant born on Friday
morning, to an experienced mother named Tamara.
Zoo director Miroslav Bobek made the announcement on Twitter. He said the elephant calf appears healthy. Its sex is not yet known, and the public will be asked to help choose a name.
Tamara arrived at Prague Zoo from Sri Lanka nearly 12 years ago. She gave birth to her first calf, Max, in 2016. He was one of the first two ever born in the zoo itself. The zoo in Troja is expecting another elephant, Janita, to give birth in a matter of days.
The Czech National Bank cut the main interest rate by 0.75 percentage
points on Thursday to 1 percent, following a surprise having cut of 0.5pp
on March 16.
A wide majority of analysts polled by Reuters had expected that Czech policymakers would cut rates by only 0.5 pp.
The aim is to mitigate the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic for Czech companies and households.
After the rate cut the crown extended losses while the finance ministry sold huge amounts in debt tenders for a second day as it ramps up borrowing.
The Czech Republic will offer 10,000 protective suits to Italy and Spain,
the European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Interior
Minister Jan Hamáček said on Twitter.
Hamáček said this country has 250,000 protective suits and more are on the way, while Italy and Spain “desperately need” such gear.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček on Wednesday indicated additional assistance to those countries could come in the form of sending Czech military medical teams. However, Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said on Thursday such personnel could not be spared.
The Czech Republic has many protective suits in part because, since joining NATO in 1999, it has focused on further developing its expertise in countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats.
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Jaroslav Staník, an
ex-secretary and MP of the far-right opposition Freedom and Direct
Democracy party, to overturn a guilty verdict for inciting hatred, among
In October 2017, when still an MP, Staník said in a parliament restaurant that Jews, Romani people and homosexuals to be shot at birth or gassed, witnesses said. They said he was drunk at the time.
Staník was charged in 2018 with fomenting hatred towards a group of people, infringing upon their rights and freedoms, and denying the Holocaust while calling for genocide. He faced up to 3 years in prison but received a 1-year suspended sentence.
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