Another 18 coronavirus cases were confirmed on Saturday, the lowest daily
increase since March 9. However, labs performed only 3,862 tests, compared
to 6,515 tests daily on average last week.
To date, 7,755 people in the Czech Republic have contracted coronavirus and 3,471 have recovered from it while 245 people have died, according to the Ministry of Health.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček says the Czech Republic’s borders
with neighboring countries should be fully open from July.
Negotiations with Slovakia and Austria are the furthest along, Petříček wrote on his blog on Saturday, while negotiations with Poland may prove more complicated and travel to Germany will depend on how the coronavirus develops there.
Petříček said he is hopeful that Czechs will also be allowed to travel to Bulgaria, Hungary and the Baltic countries in the first month of summer holidays, and to Croatia, Greece, Slovenia and Malta in August.
CNN Prima News, a new, 24-hour television channel established by the Czech
commercial station Prima and the U.S. cable news giant, begins broadcasting
on Sunday evening.
The channel will offer almost 30 shows and feature international news coverage by CNN, dubbed or subtitled into Czech, and national reporting by Prima TV.
CNN Prima News aims to reach 1.5 percent viewership in the 15-69 age group by the end of 2020. Prima TV, established in 1993, is currently the third most-watched TV station in the Czech Republic.
The Czech state should pay at least a third of the rent for the period of
March 12 through June to entrepreneurs who have had to close due to
anti-coronavirus measures, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) told the
The support would go to businesses of all kinds, from shopping centers to small stores, pubs and hair salons, whose landlords agree to forgiving a third of the rent. The tenant would pay the remaining third.
The opposition has been pushing for such support. Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for ANO) said the government should discuss the measure next week, but no later than May 11.
Another Czech satellite will be sent into orbit this year, launched from a
Falcon 9 rocket by the US company SpaceX of Elon Musk, the daily Mladá
fronta Dnes reports.
The satellite, built at the Research and Testing Aviation Institute, will take detailed images of the earth’s surface and test a system for accurately determining its position in the sky.
It will provide farmers, foresters and water management experts, as well as those researching climate change, with detailed overviews.
The greatest threat to Czech owners of Android mobile devices in March was
Agent.BPO, a type of “trojan horse” that installs malicious code
displaying unsolicited advertising, the antivirus company Eset said.
Apart from Agent.BPO, which accounted for almost three percent of all attacks, there was a rise in incidences of programs that modify text messages and can circumvent online banking protections.
The Pedagogical Chamber considers the Ministry of Education’s procedure
to gradually open schools chaotic, and lacking in clearly defined and
The Ministry has also relieved itself of responsibility to ensure adequate conditions by issuing only recommendations to schools rather than enshrining them in laws and decrees, the Chamber said, and put the onus on school directors.
In response, the Ministry said it had already announced it would issue comprehensive guidelines and methodologies at the start of May.
Some ninth graders are expected to return to school on May 11. Secondary schools are preparing for the return of high school graduates in various ways, in some cases in small groups at school, elsewhere mainly online.
Healthcare professionals performed 4,192 tests for the new coronavirus on
Friday, far less than in recent days, due to the national holiday. No
deaths were reported that day.
Friday’s tests showed 55 new Covid-19 cases, i.e. in 1.31 percent of samples. Since March, the coronavirus has been confirmed in 7,740 cases. To date, 3,378 people have recovered from Covid-19, while 241 patients have died.