Temperatures in the Czech Republic are set to gradually warm up in the
coming weeks, according to a long-term weather forecast from the Czech
The coming week should see day-time temperatures of around 19 degrees Celsius. Towards the end of the four-week period, temperatures should reach above 20 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall levels in the next four months are expected to be slightly below average.
Jan Decker, former political prisoner and the last chairman of the
Association of Auxiliary Technical Battalions, died on Thursday at the age
of 92. The information was confirmed by historian Eduard Stehlík on
During the Second World War, Mr Decker was sent to forced labour and in May 1945 he participated in the Prague Uprising against the Nazis.
He was sentenced to six months in prison for participating in the resistance against the communist regime after 1948 and served in the notorious Auxiliary Technical Battalions, used by the communists to punish politically unreliable people.
After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, he was rehabilitated and received the title of Doctor of Law.
The Czech state could buy up to 100% of the shares in the air carrier
Smartwings, the majority owner of Czech Airlines, Minister of Industry and
Trade Karel Havlíček said in an interview for Czech Television on
Mr Havlíček said the company had a strategic importance for the state airport as well as other airports in the country and employed thousands of people.
According to the minister, the Czech government is due to discuss the possibility of helping the company deal with the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. The final decision is expected to be made by the end of June.
Smartwings became the majority shareholder of Czech Airlines at the end of February 2018. Last year, it carried over eight million passengers.
The number of newly registered coronavirus cases has remained under 100
over the past 15 days, with 55 new cases reported on Friday, according to
Czech Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,406. 295 people have died and 5,381 have recovered from the disease. At the moment, 183 people are hospitalized with COVID 19, 39 of them are in serious condition.
President Miloš Zeman will start working from Prague Castle as of next
Tuesday. The entire site is due to reopen to the general public on May 25.
The Prague Castle complex of buildings was closed on March 12 as part of the restriction measures linked to the coronavirus epidemic. Since then, the Czech head of state has been staying at the country residence in Lány, and was only meeting with a limited number of people.
Prague Castle is one of the most visited sites in the Czech Republic, attracting around two million tourists every year.
Czechs, Germans, Austrians and Poles have met at the borders dividing the
Czech Republic and its neighbouring countries. The meetings took place at 2
p.m. on Saturday at twelve different spots at the countries’ borders,
that have been closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The event, organised by the initiative Soboty pro sousedství or Saturdays for Neighbourhood, calls for easing border restrictions for tourism and cross-border workers. One of the meetings will take place between the extinct village of Václav in the Domažlice region in West Bohemia and the Bavarian village of Bügellohe.
One of the Czech Republic’s most-highly respected film festivals – the
Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště – has been postponed by will go
ahead under strict hygienic conditions to contain the spread of
Festival director Radana Korená announced on Friday the 46th edition will take place from August 7 to 12, two weeks later than usual. Apart from limiting seating to adhere to social-distancing rules, she said some films will be shown at a drive-in cinema, for the first time.
About 4,500 people were accredited for last year’s Summer Film School featured over 200 films, as well as concerts, debates, shows and debates. Korená said the number of festival guests and visitors from abroad who can attend this year remains uncertain.
The interiors of restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and discos due to
reopen on May 25, must be closed between 11pm to 6am, Minister of Health
Adam Vojtěch told a press conference on Friday. Events with up to 300
people will also be allowed, he said, both at indoor and outdoor venues.
Facemasks will still be required apply in interior spaces, but mouth-nose protection may be removed while eating and drinking at the table.
Vojtěch said the restrictions reflect the degree of uncertainty as to the future development of the coronavirus in the Czech Republic and the results of measures taken abroad to contain the spread of Covid-19.
When nightclubs reopened in South Korea there was a spike in infections, and in such spaces social-distancing measures are difficult to keep, Vojtěch said. The Ministry of Health may set restrictions on operating hours and events after the state of emergency ends on May 18.
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