The Czech Tennis Association (ČTS) is holding a spectatorless charity
tournament to raise funds to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis,
with the first round set for May 26-28 at the Sparta Prague tennis club.
Among the Czech stars due to play in the association’s President’s Cup tournament are Karolína Plíšková, currently no. 3 in the WTA rankings, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová, in the no. 13 spot, and Jiří Veselý, now at no. 66 in the ATA rankings.
The President’s Cup will be among the first major sports events to be held following a scheduled relaxation of anti-coronavirus measures. Matches will be broadcast live on Czech Television and streamed online. The format could change, as events with up to 300 people will be allowed again as of May 25.
Other players set to compete in the women’s bracket include Barbora Strýcová, Karolína Muchová, Barbora Strýcová, Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková. In the men’s group are also Lukáš Rosol, Jonáš Forejtek, Zdeněk Kolář, Vít Kopřiva, Tomáš Macháč, Michael Vrbenský and Jiří Lehečka.
From January through April, 20,000 people started businesses in the Czech
Republic while some 46,000 suspended them, and another 11,500 scrapped
their trade licences.
According to the Czech Credit Bureau (CRIF), two-thirds of interrupted or ceased their activities before the coronavirus crisis began, and one-third in the past two months.
Businesses for which remote ‘home office’ work is not possible were among the hardest hit, including in the tourism, accommodation, wellness and recreation sectors, bars and restaurants, and hairdressers.
Czech economic growth dropped by 2.2 percent year on year in January
through March and by 3.6 percent quarter on quarter, a preliminary Czech
Statistical Office estimate shows. It marks the steepest decline since the
2009 global financial crisis.
The results were significantly affected by the global coronavirus pandemic and the associated restrictive measures. In addition to a significant reduction in foreign demand, corporate investment and household consumption also feel.
Czech National Bank Governor Jiří Rusnok told CNN Prima News the preliminary data confirmed the bank’s outlook for the economy.
Analysts expected a similar development due to coronavirus-related restrictions introduced in mid-March. In the last quarter of 2019, GDP grew by 2 percent year on year and rose by 0.5 percent quarter on quarter.
Photon Energy NV, an international solar power company with Czech roots,
plans to move to the main markets of the Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges.
The company said it would not raise any funds or issue any new shares in connection with the admission. Its shares are currently traded on the secondary markets of the Prague and Warsaw bourses.
The Prague Stock Exchange trade volume fell by CZK 22.5 billion to CZK 120 billion last year, its lowest level since 1994.
The Slovak singer-songwriter Miro Žbirka, long resident in Prague, is
staging a concert on Thursday near Vinohrady Hospital to thank nurses,
doctors and other medical personnel for their hard work.
Since the coronavirus crisis, Žbirka has performed online concerts followed by more than 450,000 people. The 67-year-old singer stressed that the Vinohrady concert was also a personal thank you, as the hospital has treated him several times.
The Czech music industry’s annual Anděl awards named Žbirka male Singer of the Year in 2019.
Czech municipalities have cancelled thousands of investment projects for a
total of 8.4 billion crowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, an Association
of Cities and Towns (SMO) survey shows.
This survey of 382 local authorities published on Thursday further shows that 23,000 other projects totalling 27.6 billion crowns have been postponed.
During the survey presentation on Thursday, SMO representatives criticized the government’s plan to make the municipalities pay part of compensation being paid to affected entrepreneurs. A related bill is now before the Senate.
Summer camps will be authorized from June 27, the first unofficial day of
school holidays this year, National Youth Council chairman Aleš Sedláček
Details on operating conditions for summer camps during the continued coronavirus pandemic are to be issued by the Ministry of Health on Friday.
Earlier, the Ministry’s chief epidemiologist, Roman Prymula, said the risk of children contracting Covid-19 from each other at school and similar settings was “almost zero”.
The popular Czech travel writer and ethnologist Miloslav Stingl has died at
the age of 89. He had visited 151 countries during 14 extensive trips and
expeditions over a total of nearly 20 years.
Stingl spoke at least the basics of 17 languages and grew exceptionally close to groups of indigenous people from South America and the Pacific region.
His main interest was focused on the spiritual lives of indigenous people, including Mayas, Polynesians, Aborigines, Inuits, and American Indian tribes.
Stingl wrote 43 books, including some on the Czech lands. During his travels, he also shot over 500 hours of video and film, some of which aired on a 33-part series called “Around the World with Miloslav Stingl” for German public television.
As of Thursday morning, there have been 8,275 cases of the COVID-19
coronavirus in the Czech Republic. On Wednesday, 48 new cases of the virus
were detected, meaning the number of those newly infected every day has not
exceeded 100 for two weeks already.
Meanwhile, out of the total number of cases, three-fifths are now fully recovered, 2,927 are still fighting the disease and 290 have died.