In July and August the Czech police investigated almost 18,000 traffic
accidents in which 119 people lost their lives. While the number of road
deaths was 18 higher than in summer 2017, the general trend is declining
and this year’s numbers were the second lowest since 1990, the police
said on Thursday.
Unlike deaths, accident numbers have been constantly rising for several years, not just in summer but all year round. Police attribute the trend to a rise in vehicle numbers and heavier traffic.
Fire officers in Plzeň have removed the wreck of a helicopter that crashed
onto a factory building on Wednesday. Three men and one woman on board the
aircraft were killed. The wreck was partly caught by the roof of the hall
and partly landed inside the structure, which was unused.
The victims are reported to have included one Czech and three people from Thailand. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
The Czech Republic’s footballers will on Thursday night take part in
their first game in the Nations League, a new competition intended in large
part to replace friendly matches. The Czechs’ opponents in Uherské
Hradiště will be Ukraine. The other member of their Nations League group
is Slovakia and all teams face one another twice.
Success in the Nations League can help teams reach the European Championships. The Czechs face Russia away in a friendly on Monday.
The Czech women’s doubles pairing of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina
Siniaková have advanced to the semi-finals at US Open, after defeating
Elise Merten and Demi Schurs 2-6, 7-7 and 6-3.
The Czech team is just two wins away from a third straight Grand Slam title, after clinching victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon earlier this year.
Prague saw the hottest summer since records began back in 1775, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported on its website on Thursday.
The oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 22.7 degrees Celsisu, the highest in the past 244 years.
Until this year, the summer of 2003 was the hottest in history, with an average temperature of 22.4 degrees Celsius.
Czechs who suffer from rare and serious diseases should have easier access
to modern and expensive medicines in the future.
The Czech Ministry of Health is planning to change the rules in the reimbursement of health care costs to make the medicines available for more patients.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch made the announcement on Wednesday on the occasion of the World Duchenne Awareness Day. The Duchenne Muscular Dytsrophy, a rare muscle-wasting condition, affects around 250,000 people worldwide.
The distribution of refugees remains to be the only problematic issue in
the otherwise excellent Czech-German relations, German chancellor Angela
Merkel said on Wednesday after meeting with Czech Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš in Berlin. Several dozen people gathered outside the German
Chancellery in the German capital to protest against Mr. Babiš.
The ANO party leader, who arrived in Berlin for his first official visit of Germany, is also set scheduled to meet with Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble. Earlier on Wednesday, he held talks with representatives of several local think tanks and laid a wreath at the Berlin Wall Memorial.
The environmental organisation Greenpeace has taken samples from the Vltava
River in Prague to measure the level of micro-plastic pollution in the
water. The samples will be analysed in a Greenpeace lab in Britain’s
The testing is part of a campaign called ‘Plast je Past’ or ‘Plastics are a Trap’, which attempts to eradicate excess plastic packaging. It also appeals to outdoor clothing producers to tackle the problem of micro-fibres, which are released into the water during washing.