As of Monday, May 11, Czechs will once again be able to avail themselves of
the services of hairdressers, massage and beauty salons and various
wellness and beauty facilities.
They will start operating under strict hygiene conditions, with fewer clients, social distancing and no refreshments. Employees will have to wear both face-masks and plastic shields.
Demand for their services is overwhelming, with many salons already fully booked until June.
The use of birth control pills has dropped by a half since 2007, according
to data released by the State Institute for Drug Control.
According to gynaecologists this is both due to fear of side effects like a heightened risk of blood clots or thrombosis, as well as the fact that the pill is no longer as “trendy” as it was at the start of the millennium.
According to a recent survey, a fifth of women do not use any protection, 49 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 24 use contraception prescribed by a doctor.
The number of newly registered coronavirus cases has remained under 100
over the past eight days, with 46 new cases reported on Friday, according
to Czech Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,077. 273 people have died, 4,413 have recovered from the disease. 258 people are currently hospitalized with COVID 19, 46 of them are in serious condition.
Prague Zoo has announced the birth of a new elephant calf.
The mother, Indian elephant Janita, and calf are healthy and doing well, the head of the zoo, Miroslav Bobek, tweeted on Saturday morning. He said the birth of a second female calf in two months was “excellent news”.
Elephants have been kept in the zoo since 1933, but its breeding program is relatively new; the first elephant calf born in Prague arrived in 2013.
More than half of Czechs now have problems making ends meet on their
monthly income, according to the results of a survey conducted by the
credit company Fair Credit among 880 respondents.
One in ten respondents said they need to borrow ahead of payday, 43 percent of people live from one pay check to the next. Before the coronavirus crisis only 28 percent of people said they had no financial reserves.
Financial experts predict that as shops and services reopen people’s financial problems will deepen. Part of the problem is that only 29 percent of respondents have a good overview of their expenditures, most often people over the age of 45.
The majority of working Czechs - 60 percent – are concerned about the
economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis, according to the results of a
survey conducted by AMI Communications.
One-fifth of respondents fear a drop in income; one in ten fear losing their jobs or not getting paid.
Due to the coronavirus situation, a quarter of respondents switched to a partial or full home office, and one in six employees could not work at all because of closed shops and services.
Czech sympathizers of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves paid homage
to the memory of Russian soldiers killed during World War II in
Prague's Olšany Cemetery on Friday.
Among them was MP Jaroslav Foldyna, who arrived at the cemetery with the pro-Russian activist Jiří Černohorský. Due to closed borders, the ceremony took place without the Night Wolves this year.
Members of the bikers’ club annually organize a ride across Europe to Berlin to pay their respects to Russian war heroes. Many countries view their presence as a provocation and a security risk.
The Czech Republic is marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War
II in Europe.
The traditional events such as a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument on Prague’s Vítkov hill have had to be modified due to the coronavirus crisis.
President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, members of Parliament, war veterans and church dignitaries arrived at the site separately to lay wreaths and bow to those who laid down their lives for freedom.
Ceremonies at the memorial of the Winged Lion in Klárov, honouring the 2,500 Czechoslovak men and women who served in the British Royal Air Force during WWII, Prague’s Olšany cemetery and other locations are similarly restricted.
Many events have had to be moved online. May 8 is a state holiday in the Czech Republic.
A three-meter-high, hand-made wrought iron arch covered with 52 blooms has
been erected in the town Kdyně, in south Bohemia in memory of WWII heroes.
The arch is the work of former police lieutenant Jiří Brož who left the ranks of the police after 20 years in service and took up the tradition of blacksmith craftsmanship which has been in his family for generations.
Brož told the ctk newsagency that originally the arch was conceived as a monument to war heroes but that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it had acquired a new dimension and now also represented hope for the future.