17 miners from the Darkov mine near the Silesian town of Karviná have
tested positive for Covid-19 and five members of their families have also
been infected with the virus, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday.
According to the head of the regional hygienic station, a blanket testing
will be carried out in the mine starting on Monday.
After the outbreak of the virus, the Darkov mine introduced strict hygienic measures, including regular disinfecting of the premises. Employees are required to wear gloves, eye protection and FFP2 respirators and have their temperature checked upon their arrival at work.
Austria reopened all its border crossings with the Czech Republic, Slovakia
and Hungary at midnight Saturday.
As of Sunday morning, police and customs officers will only carry out random tests of people travelling across the border, the Austrian interior ministry informed.
According to the spokesowman of the Czech Ministry of Interior, people returnign to the Czech Republic will have to present a negative test for Covid-19 or to be qurantined for two weeks.
Two-thirds of Czechs supported their favourite restaurants by ordering food
during the state of emergency, according to a survey conducted by the
agency Up Czech Republic among more than 500 respondents.
Over 40% of consumers ordered take-aways or home deliveries, most of them on a weekly basis, suggests the survey. Restaurants and pubs were allowed to reopen their outdoor spaces as of Monday, May 11. The interiors are due to reopen on May 25.
Buildings in cities and towns across the Czech Republic will be illuminated
with red light on Sunday to mark the International AIDS Candlelight
Memorial. The international event, organised in the Czech Republic by the
Czech Aids Help Society, is held annually on May 21 to raise social
consciousness about HIV and AIDS and to commemorate the people who died
Among the buildings to light up red on Sunday night will be the Dancing House and the lookout tower on Prague’s Petřín Hill, the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ústí nad Labem and the New Town Hall Lookout Tower in Ostrava. There are currently over 3,600 people with HIV living in the Czech Republic.
The number of newly registered coronavirus cases has remained under 100
over the past 15 days, with 49 new cases reported on Saturday, according to
Czech Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,455. 296 people have died and 5,422 have recovered from the disease. At the moment, 183 people are hospitalized with COVID 19, 39 of them are in serious condition.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic are set to gradually warm up in the
coming weeks, according to a long-term weather forecast from the Czech
The coming week should see day-time temperatures of around 19 degrees Celsius. Towards the end of the four-week period, temperatures should reach above 20 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall levels in the next four months are expected to be slightly below average.
Jan Decker, former political prisoner and the last chairman of the
Association of Auxiliary Technical Battalions, died on Thursday at the age
of 92. The information was confirmed by historian Eduard Stehlík on
During the Second World War, Mr Decker was sent to forced labour and in May 1945 he participated in the Prague Uprising against the Nazis.
He was sentenced to six months in prison for participating in the resistance against the communist regime after 1948 and served in the notorious Auxiliary Technical Battalions, used by the communists to punish politically unreliable people.
After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, he was rehabilitated and received the title of Doctor of Law.
The Czech state could buy up to 100% of the shares in the air carrier
Smartwings, the majority owner of Czech Airlines, Minister of Industry and
Trade Karel Havlíček said in an interview for Czech Television on
Mr Havlíček said the company had a strategic importance for the state airport as well as other airports in the country and employed thousands of people.
According to the minister, the Czech government is due to discuss the possibility of helping the company deal with the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. The final decision is expected to be made by the end of June.
Smartwings became the majority shareholder of Czech Airlines at the end of February 2018. Last year, it carried over eight million passengers.