Today in Czechia: Three new cases of monkeypox confirmed
May 27, 2022
the story Soviet Marshal Konev stripped of honorary citizenship
Soviet Marshal Ivan Koněv ceased to be an honorary citizen of Prague. This decision comes after the evaluation of its active role in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising against the communist regime in 1956, crushed by the Soviet army, the construction of the Berlin wall in 1961 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Pact of Warsaw in 1968 which ended the Prague Spring reform movement. The revocation of citizenship has been criticized by some representatives of the YES opposition, who see it as an unnecessary gesture and a populist approach.
ART Salm Palace reopens after hiatus
The National Gallery in Prague has reopened Salm Palace on Hradcanske Square after a two-year hiatus, offering the Japanese Zen paintings and calligraphy from the collection donated to it by Dutch artist Felix Hess in 2019.
The Keru-an (From Frog’s Hut) exhibition runs until October 2. It features 526 works of art from the 15th to 20th centuries, mostly scrolls, as well as a pair of dividers and some ceramic artifacts. NGP plans to open a permanent exhibition of Asian art at Salm Palace in about two years.
covid The epidemic continues to decline in the Czech Republic
The coronavirus epidemic continues to recede in the Czech Republic. Fewer tests are being done lately, and public health insurance only covers testing for COVID when ordered by a doctor. As of Thursday, 138 people were hospitalized with COVID, the lowest figure since mid-September 2021. A week ago, some 200 people were hospitalized, according to Health Ministry statistics. Daily COVID figures for the past seven days have not exceeded 500 cases, while less than 100 cases have occurred over the weekend.
sports Czech hockey players will participate in the semi-finals of the World Cup
Czech hockey players will face Canada in the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday, with the second pair being Finland and the United States. The Czech national team will play from 5:20 p.m. CEST, as the host country has booked an hour in advance from 1:20 p.m. The medal games will take place in Tampere. The Czechs qualified for the semi-finals after winning 4:1 against Germany.
weather Cold front coming over the weekend
On Friday, a cold front will cross the Czech territory, which will bring a clear cooling. Occasional rain or showers will appear in most areas, but the precipitation will cease later in the afternoon. According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, even ground-level freezers can come from Sunday to Monday. Summer temperatures are expected to arrive next week, rising sharply to 30°C by the middle of next week.
May 26, 2022
Health Confirmation of three new cases of monkeypox
The National Institute of Public Health (SZÚ) has confirmed three new cases of monkeypox in Czechia in two samples from the Central Military Hospital in Prague (ÚVN) and one from the University Hospital in Bulovka, making a total of five cases in Czech Republic. No other samples are currently being analyzed by the SZÚ. The regional public health office will follow the contacts of infected people.
The first case was a person attending a festival in Belgium, and the second was a contact of that person. One of the new cases was a contact of a previously confirmed case. The origins of the other new cases were not disclosed. According to the SZÚ, the five people contracted a mild variant of the virus with a 1% risk of mortality.
Ukraine Czech ambassador to Ukraine back in Kyiv
Czech Ambassador to Ukraine Radek Matula and another diplomat from the Political and Economic Department returned to the Czech Embassy in Kyiv on Wednesday. There are now five Czech diplomats there, the foreign ministry said. The embassy in Kyiv and the consulate general in Lviv closed at the start of the Russian invasion. The embassy resumed partial operation in mid-April.
“Our goal is to restore the Embassy’s activities to all major agendas before the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, so that our diplomats in Kyiv can participate fully in achieving the priorities of the Czech Presidency in relation to the Ukraine,” Minister Jan Lipavský said.
Foreign Affairs Zeman appreciates Swiss sanctions against Russia
It is a good thing that Switzerland has signed up to EU sanctions against Russia despite its neutrality, President Miloš Zeman told reporters after meeting his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis today. “Both countries hope that the conflict will not be resolved by a filthy compromise, but by Ukraine’s victory,” Zeman said. The two presidents stressed that there were no problems in relations between the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Elections Former rector Zima candidate for the Czech presidency
The former rector of Charles University and head of President Miloš Zeman’s medical council, Tomáš Zima, wants to run for the Czech presidency. Zima needs 50,000 signatures from Czech citizens to run and is now asking for their support. He also said that he did not negotiate with any political party as he would like to be a candidate above parties, but he does not rule out seeking the support of politicians. “As a doctor, I have helped people all my life, teaching and passing on my knowledge to students,” he told Deník. Zima, 55, was a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia before the fall of the communist regime in 1989.
Former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and former Czech Chief of Staff and former head of NATO’s Military Committee Petr Pavel have long been considered strong presidential frontrunners, but neither has yet announced his candidacy.
Crime Police recommend charges in Covid forgery case
Police have offered to charge a man accused of falsifying Covid vaccination certificates. The accused faces up to three years in prison, the iDnes news server reported. The file containing the proposal to lodge a complaint was handed over to the prosecutor of the Písek district prosecutor’s office. The National Center Against Organized Crime (NCOZ) claims the suspect created a software tool that generated fake digital vaccination certificates. He registered the web domain and placed a form on it for any internet user to obtain a certificate.
NATO Czech and US troops take part in Exercise Slovak Shield
Czech soldiers from the multinational NATO battle group in Slovakia take part in the two-week military exercise Slovak Shield. with American, Hungarian and Slovak troops. Slovak Shield is the largest military exercise held in the country, with around 2,000 participants. This year he has focused on defending the country and NATO’s eastern flank. Czech paratroopers simulated an attack on Slovakia. The purpose of their attack was to create the conditions for a larger drop of paratroopers.