Over 10,000 tradesmen in the Czech Republic have suspended their business
since the beginning of March, which is a 46 percent increase on the
previous year, according to a study by the analytical firm Bisnode. The
highest number of suspended business was recorded in the food sector and
The rapid increase is attributed to the government preventive measures against Covid-19, which have closed many businesses or cut down the demand for their services. According to Bisnode analyst Petra Štěpánová, people are suspending their businesses in order to be eligible for unemployment benefit or other social support.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases could reach 8,000 by mid-April,
when incidence should reach a peak, according to a predictive model
presented by the Institute of Health Information and Statistics on
Wednesday. At the end of the month there could be around 14,200 of
confirmed cases. The share of senior population with the disease could
increase to roughly 40 percent.
The number of all coronavirus cases, including those who show no symptoms of the disease and go unrecorded by the medical system could reach 5,600 in mid-April and 7,200 at the end of April, according to an optimistic scenario. The pessimistic model forecasts altogether 12,300 cases in mid-April and around 30,000 at the end of the month.
As of Wednesday morning there were 3,330 cases of Covid-19 in the Czech Republic. Thirty-two people have died and 70 are in a serious condition.
Deputy health minister Roman Prymula plans to carry out a blanket screening
for coronavirus on a representative sample of Czech population, Czech Radio
reported on Wednesday. The aim of the screening is to assess what
percentage of Czech population has contracted the Covid-19 disease.
Mr Prymula said he would like to carry out the testing as soon as possible, most likely next week. According to the new head of the country’s Central Crisis Staff, Jan Hamáček, they will use the rapid coronavirus test kits which are based on detecting antibodies against the virus.
Mr Prymula, who is in charge of the new smart quarantine system, also wants to screen all inhabitants of the town of Litovel and its surroundings, which was under full quarantine until Monday due to a high number of registered coronavirus cases.
The Czech Republic’s leading epidemiology expert Roman Prymula has
questioned the advice of the WHO regarding the use of facemasks, according
to which healthy people only need to wear a mask if they are taking care of
a person with suspected COVID 19 infection.
Prymula defended the Czech government’s decision to order the blanket use of face masks by all citizens, saying that the logic behind it was that people wore masks not to protect themselves but others in their vicinity.
The problem is that no one knows who may be infected before they develop symptoms, Prymula said.
He stressed that masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning.
The Czech sites have been awarded the European Heritage Label by the
Among the ten new localities added to the list are Kynžvart Chateau in West Bohemia and two functionalist housing estates built between the wars, namely the Baba Colony in Prague and the New House Colony in Brno.
The European Heritage Label aims to raise awareness of sites that have played a significant role in the history, culture and development of the European Union, as well as to highlight their European dimension through information and educational activities.
Czech Centres abroad are currently closed to the public, with planned
events in cooperation with local partners being moved to the autumn period.
Communication with foreign audiences now takes place exclusively online, via web pages, social networks and e-newsletters.
Presentations of Czech culture, science and innovation as well as Czech language teaching continue on #CzechCultureToTheWorld.
Check-out the Science Café online prepared by the Czech Centre London or the Artists That Never Give Up Project by the Czech Centre in New York.
The Czech government has unveiled the detail of an emergency aid package for entrepreneurs and employers to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. These include a six month moratorium on mortgage and other loan repayments and the sum of CZ 25,000 for all who were forced to close their businesses within the restrictions imposed by the government. The kurzarbeit system, approved by the government earlier to try to prevent massive lay-offs, should be launched on April 6.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has sharply rejected claims that the cabinet
intended to pave the way for legal changes that would weaken the role of
Parliament in times of crisis and put more powers in the hands of the
The weekly Respekt and the news site Aktualne.cz wrote on Monday that the Defence Ministry is preparing a draft legislation to that effect to be debated by the government in the coming days. According to Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar the government was only to receive suggestions from a group of experts regarding the possibilities of resolving crisis situations. He said the document had been commissioned as a set of guidelines for crisis situations when the government or Parliament were not action capable.
The prime minister reassured politicians and the public that no such document would be discussed saying that the ministry should have known better than to come forward with such an initiative at the present time.
Freezing temperatures broke records at monitoring stations around the
country as night time lows dropped to – 13.7 degrees Celsius on Monday
The absolute record of – 14.5 degrees Celsius registered in 2004 was not broken.
According to the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute the unseasonably cold weather will continue at least until mid-week with Tuesday night expected to be colder still.