The Czech Republic has the highest per capita incidence of kidney cancer of
any country in the world, the news website iDnes.cz reported, citing the
League Against Cancer, which is focusing on that form of the disease in its
campaigning this year. The renal cancer rate in the Czech Republic is twice
the average rate for the European Union. There is also a relatively high
incidence of it in neighbouring Bavaria.
Around 2,000 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer in the Czech Republic every year, with around 800 dying of it annually.
The Czech Ministry of Health, the National Institute of Public Health and
hygiene officials in Prague say they are regularly updating information
about the coronavirus on their websites in response to queries from the
The Czech News Agency reported that increasing numbers of people are seeking information by email and telephone regarding the infection, which originated in China but has not yet been registered in the Czech Republic.
The virus has spread across China and to 16 countries globally. Over 100 deaths had been recorded by Tuesday.
There are currently three people in the Czech Republic suspected of
contracting the Chinese coronavirus. Two cases are reported from the region
of Opava and one person is under observation in the hospital in the
Moravian town of Uherské Hradiště. Another two patients who had been
tested in Prague and in České Budějovice have been confirmed to not have
The fast-spreading infection, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, has killed more than 100 people in China and infected at least 4,500 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan in December.
Following a Security Council meeting on Monday to discuss responses to the crisis, the Czech government announced a number of special steps in connection with the virus, focused on people arriving by air on Czech territory.
In tennis, Czech Petra Kvitová failed to reach the women's singles
semifinals at the Australian Open. Last year's runner-up and No. 7
seed was beaten by World No.1 Ashleigh Barty 7-6, 6-2. Kvitová was the
last Czech hopes in the singles competition in Melbourne.
In women’s doubles, Czech Barbora Strýcová with her Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su- Wei are set to take on the Czech duo Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková for a place in the finals.
The organs of 288 deceased donors were used to save patients in the Czech
Republic in 2019. That is a record for a single year, according to figures
released by the Czech Transplanting Coordinating Centre on Monday.
Prague’s Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, one of the largest such centres in Europe, carried out around 70 percent of all the country’s transplant surgeries, transplanting 540 organs last year.
The most common transplant operations were of kidney, liver and heart transplants.
An official ceremony took place at the Czech Senate on Monday marking
International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The gathering was attended by
politicians, representatives of the country’s Jewish and Roma communities
and people who survived Nazi concentration camps.
A speech written by the late speaker of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera and delivered by the Civic Democrat senator Jiří Oberfalzer warned against the rising hatred, fanaticism and antisemitism in Europe.
The event was held on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi death camps, where over 1.5 million Jews lost their lives.
Close to six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, with 250 000 of them from the former Czechoslovakia.
The head of Czech Telecommunications Office Jan Novák handed in his
resignation on Monday morning over the postponement of the auction of 5G
frequencies, arguing that it will cost the state at least CZK 6 billion
The auction was initially scheduled for the second half of 2019 but was postponed due to an objection by the European Commission over competition concerns.
The government accepted his resignation and appointed Jana Továrková, the current member of the office’s board, in his place.
The Minister of Industry and Trade, Jan Havlíček, announced on Monday that the auction is likely to take place in May or June this year.
The government has approved February 3 as a day of mourning for Jaroslav
Kubera, the late Speaker of the Senate. On that day, Czech flags on public
buildings nationwide will be flown at half-mast to honour the conservative
politician, who died suddenly at the age of 72 last week.
A public memorial service for Mr Kubera is due to take place on the same day in Prague’s Rudolfinum and in the north Bohemian town of Teplice, where he also long served as mayor. The funeral will be held for close friends and family only.
A special election to fill Mr Kubera’s seat in the Senate is scheduled for March 27 and 28.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is travelling to Poland on Monday to
attend a commemoration marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz-Birkenau. Around 30 world leaders, including Israeli President
Reuven Rivlin and World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder, are
expected to attend the event at the infamous concentration camp.
The ceremony is part of a series of commemorative events taking place over the past days. Last week, top politicians from all over the world, including Mr Babiš, attended the fifth annual World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.
Around 50,000 Czechoslovak citizens were imprisoned in Auschwitz during the Second World War. Only around 6,000 of them survived the war.