Another large-scale testing is due to take place at the Darkov mine in
Karviná in the Moravian Silesian region this weekend, after an outbreak of
Covid-19 cases among the miners.
The virus was first detected last week and by Thursday, the number of cases among the miners and their families has increased to over 150.
Nearly 900 employees of the mine have already been tested and another 1,000 are to be tested this weekend.
The mine is operating as usual but strict hygiene conditions are in place.
The Škoda Auto carmaker has suspended deliveries of its Octavia models due
to a malfunctioning eCall software. The system for activating emergency
services is mandatory in all cars sold in the EU since the end of March
Deliveries of the latest generation Golf, which has the same technical base as Octavia, have also been halted.
According to the Škoda Auto spokesperson, Pavel Jína, the company is currently working to fix the problem and will announce next steps as soon as possible. Some reports say that a software update to fix the issue won’t be available until the third week of June.
Archeologists working on a dig in the area around the village of Domašín
in North-East Bohemia have found evidence of an Iron Age burial site likely
associated with an Urnfield culture settlement found in the nearby village
It is the latest in a series of discoveries on the site since the archeological dig began earlier in the Spring of this year. Martina Beková, from the nearby Rychnov Museum, says that the Domašín site is the richest find in the area for the past 10 years.
Over the past two months a number of Czech hospitals have faced
cyberattacks. Now a collaboration between investigative journalists at news
site Seznam Zprávy and a team of “ethical hackers” has resulted in the
identification of one of those who took part in the attack, Seznam wrote on
Thursday. The name of the individual is Alexander Tchernishov and his last
traced place of activity was in a neighbourhood of northern Moscow.
Mr Tchernishov was contacted by Seznam and has denied the claim, saying that he is merely the owner of a Russian internet company and that the traced IP addresses, which led the hacker team to him, do not belong to his company, but rather to one of its clients who rented them from a third party.
Seznam says it has since found more information which it plans to release in the future.
Nearly 80 percent of Czech start-ups plan to expand abroad, according to a
study by Startup Report, carried out in cooperation with the government
agency CzechInvest. Around 30 percent of Czech start-ups are currently
doing business outside the Czech Republic.
Over 70 percent of Czech start-ups, supported by CzechInvest, took part in foreign acceleration programmes, most of them in Silicon Valley, New York, London and Lisbon.
The study is based on a survey carried out among 150 Czech start-ups between November 2019 and February 2020.
Czech NGO People in Need has launched a public collection ‘SOS World’
to help people in the poorest countries of the world, who were hit the
hardest by the current coronavirus situation, many of them losing their
According to a press release issued by People in Need on Thursday, for these people the consequences of Covid-19, such a famine and malnutrition, can be we even worse than the disease itself.
The NGO has already launched a public collection and fundraising campaign SOS Czech Republic to help people most impacted by the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 outbreak.
It also offers financial support to those in need, operates a helpline and helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds and families to continue their education online.
An appellate court in Prague on Thursday upheld a 10-year-sentence for
former Prague imam Samer Shehadeh convicted for supporting and financing
terrorism. Mr Shehadeh was found guilty of helping his brother and
sister-in-law to travel to Syria to join the terrorist organisation
Al-Nusra Front and of supporting the group financially.
The ex-imam has confessed to the actions, but said he didn’t believe they were unlawful as he didn’t recognise the Syrian government and didn’t view the Al-Nusra Front as terrorist.
Mr. Shehaded left the Czech Republic in 2017 but was later arrested in Jordan and handed over to the Czech authorities.
The number of newly registered coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic
increased again on Wednesday, with 74 new cases reported, according to
Czech Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,721. 304 people have died and 5,836 have recovered from the disease. At the moment, 157 people are hospitalized with COVID 19, some 30 of them are in serious condition.
The most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic last year was
traditionally Prague Castle with nearly 2.6 million visitors, according to
figures released by the Czech Tourism agency on Thursday.
The Petřín funicular with 2.2 million visitors came second and Prague Zoo with 1.5 million visitors was the third most popular tourist site, according to data released by Czech Tourism on Thursday.
Among the other top 10 most visited landmarks are Prague's Old Jewish quarter and the Petřín tower, as well as the former industrial complex of Dolní Vítkovice in the North Moravian city of Ostrava.