The United States is concerned by the danger of a cyber attack on the
healthcare sector in the Czech Republic, the country’s secretary of
state, Mike Pompeo, said on Friday. Mr. Pompeo said anybody carrying out
such activities could expect consequences.
The top American official tweeted that any state or non-state actor considering cyber activity that impairs the ability of healthcare systems to deliver critical services during the Covid-19 crisis could cause deadly results.
Two Czech hospitals reported thwarted attacks on their computer systems on Friday. The previous day the country’s National Office for Cyber and Information Security issued a warning about possible cyber attacks on hospitals and other important targets and released a set of comprehensive recommendations for devices that may be at risk.
On Saturday the hospital in Karlovy Vary said it had been the subject of an attempted cyber attack overnight.
Around 28,000 people taking part in a study aimed at establishing what
percentage of the Czech population have had Covid-19 but not shown any
symptoms of the disease should be tested within a week. The project has
been delayed after initial problems with the tests, the deputy minister of
health, Roman Prymula, said after a government meeting.
Experts say that establishing how many people without symptoms have gone through Covid-19 would help better predict the future development of the epidemic.
As of Saturday morning, 176 people with the coronavirus had died in the Czech Republic. A total of 6,553 cases have been detected to date, over 160,000 tests have been carried out and nearly 400 people are hospitalised with the illness.
The US-born animator Gene Deitch, who had lived in Prague since the early
1960s, has died at the age of 95. He won an Oscar for the animated short
Munro and directed Tom and Jerry and Popeye cartoons in cooperation with
Czechoslovakia’s famous Bratři v triku animation studio.
Deitch started out doing illustrations for jazz magazines and produced a series of popular cartoon characters, as well as creating an animated version of The Hobbit with Czech artist Adolf Born.
The Russian Embassy in Prague has changed its official address, after the
Prague authorities renamed the square in front of it after Boris Nemtsov,
the news site Aktuálně.cz reported. The embassy is now officially located
at the nearby Korunovační St., where it has up to now had a consular
Prior to this formal move the Russian Embassy’s website still gave its address as Pod Kaštany, despite the fact the place had been renamed náměstí Borise Němcova in late February.
The renaming ceremony took place on the fifth anniversary of the murder of Russian opposition leader Nemtstov in Moscow.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said he found the Russians' move strange as even President Vladimir Putin had condemned the killing of Nemtsov.
The Teaching Hospital in Ostrava managed to deflect a cyber-attack on one
of its servers on Thursday night, its spokeswoman Petra Petlachová told
reporters on Friday. She said a similar attempt by hackers had been
deflated several days ago.
The National Office for Cyber and Information Security (NÚKIB) on Thursday issued a warning about possible attacks on the computer systems of hospitals and other important targets, issuing a set of comprehensive recommendations for devices that may be at risk.
The coronavirus crisis has unleashed a wave of attacks on similar targets worldwide.
Police are investigating the death by shooting of a 75-year-old man in Prague’s Motol Hospital. The man, who was suffering from cancer in a terminal stage of the disease, is believed to have shot himself in the early hours of Friday. It is not clear how he obtained the weapon. The police have ruled out speculation that the death was linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
The government may allow church services to take place from April 27 under
strict hygiene conditions, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said in an
interview for Radio Z on Friday.
According to a proposal that has been consulted with Cardinal Dominik Duka, public masses could initially be attended by no more than 15 persons, from May 11 by thirty and from May 25 by a maximum of 50 people, respecting hygiene rules and distancing advice. As of June 8, church services would no longer be limited as to the number of participants.
The prime minister said the proposal still had to be approved by the government but had already received a nod from Health Minister Adam Vojtěch and the country’s leading epidemiologist Roman Prymula.