Zoltán Bubeník, Surgeon General and chief medical adviser to the North
Atlantic Treaty Alliance, says the countries where the coronavirus epidemic
is on the wane must remain vigilant and stock up on protective gear in
readiness for a possible second wave.
In an interview for the news site Novinky.cz General Bubeník said Europe’s reliance on factories in Asia for protective gear had been a big mistake, which must be corrected.
He also highlighted the importance of vaccine programs, saying that with all likelihood the blanket vaccination against tuberculosis in the Czech Republic had helped protect the public against an uncontrolled spread of the infection.
The parents of children in kindergartens and first level elementary schools
which are due to re-open on May 25, have been asked to decide whether they
will send their children back to school. Those who decide not to do so will
lose the nursing care money being paid out by the state.
In April this amounted to 60 percent of the parent’s salary, as of May 1 it was increased to 80 percent. The only exceptions are for children at risk because of chronic illnesses, children in quarantine or those living in one household with grandparents who are a high risk group.
The Health Ministry is to publish the details in the coming days.
The Czech Republic is likely to have 8,500 COVID 19 positive cases at the
end of May, according to a prediction model unveiled by the Institute for
Health Information and Statistics on Thursday morning.
The model envisages an annual daily increase of around 15 persons in the course of the month.
Since March 1 the Czech Republic has registered 7, 581 confirmed coronavirus cases. 3,120 people have recovered from the disease, 227 people have died. Altogether over 242,000 people have been tested.
The first anti-government protest held since the coronavirus epidemic broke
out, took place in Prague on Wednesday evening.
Although public events and gatherings are banned the anti-government protest movement Million Moments for Democracy organized the protest in the form of “a walk” from Letná Plain to Kramářova Vila, the official residence of the prime minister.
Hundreds of protesters, wearing facemasks and walking two metres apart, held up banners protesting against the way the government was handling the crisis and communicating with the public.
Several dozen people also gathered for a protest in the Moravian metropolis of Brno.
Firefighters will not ban the traditional Čarodějnice witch-burning
ceremonies on April 30, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček told reporters, as
recent rains have reduced the risk of bonfires spreading accidentally.
The burning of rag-and-straw witches on Čarodějnice ceremonially marks that winter has come to an end. The tradition developed from an ancient pagan belief that witches were especially active on the night of April 30.
In modern times, Czechs gather on Čarodějnice chance to eat, drink and be merry around a roaring bonfire. Many dress up as witches and warlocks, or in other fanciful costumes. Social-distancing measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic will limit such gatherings to ten people.
During the festival period, there is an increase in unintentional fires every year. Last April 30, firefighters were called to extinguish 64 fires, and the year before to 136.
Eight people are to be tried for expressing support for terrorist attacks
in New Zealand, Norway and Afghanistan, a Prague police spokesman said on
Wednesday. If convicted, they face up to 15 years in prison.
According to previous information, 12 people in the Czech Republic were being investigated on suspicion of publicly approving of a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 51 people dead.
Several others were under investigation for expressing approval of the attack by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011 or the bombing which led to the death of three Czech soldiers in Afghanistan in August 2018. Hearings on these cases should start in May.
Prague has obtained approval to buy the Church of Sts. Simon and Jude in
Old Town from the Vatican. The municipality currently leases the church,
which serves as a concert hall for the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
The city will pay 99 million crowns for the consecrated Baroque church, which dates back to the year 1354, Prague councilor Jan Chabr (TOP 09) said.
Environment Minister Richard Brabec told reporters on Wednesday that the
ongoing drought has been “catastrophic” for the agricultural sector,
with 80 percent of groundwater resources unusually low this spring.
In April, a so-called agricultural drought, marked by low soil moisture, stunted plant growth, reduced yields and endangered cattle, reigned over most of the Czech Republic.
The water level of the Vltava River in Prague, for example, is 22 percent its monthly average, and that of the Elbe River near Ústí nad Labem is at 28 percent normal.
This part of Europe is now facing its worst period of drought in 500 years, according to data from the scientific team InterSucho. The Ministry of the Environment is negotiating with the Ministry of Finance to provide another 3.5 billion crowns to combat the drought.