Monday news summary

COVID-19 update

New restrictions come into effect Monday, October 12th. The restrictions affect schools, culture, sports, leisure activities, and opening hours in the offices - all can be found listed HERE. Further restrictions will start to be valid from Wednesday, October 14th. The Government is having a meeting on Monday, October 12th, where these restrictions will be decided.

More than 3,000 people were tested positive on Sunday, October 11th. Fewer people were tested in total as well. On Saturday, October 10th, more than 4,500 people were tested positive, and more than 17,500 people were tested in total on Saturday. On Friday, October 9th, there was the highest number of people tested positive so far. There were more than 8,500 people infected on Friday.

The number of people who died from COVID-19 in Czechia is getting close to 1000. There are more than 2,100 people in hospitals. More than 56,000 people have been cured from the virus, and almost 60,000 people are currently COVID-19 positive.


Hepatitis A is making complications in Jihočeský region. There are around forty people infected by hepatitis, and they need to stay in hospital. Due to hepatitis, the region is running out of beds for the COVID-positive people, who are in serious condition.


The second round of the Senate Elections was held in Czechia on Friday and Saturday, 9th and 10th of October. In these elections, Senators were elected in 27 constituencies. Among the most successful parties were STAN (The Mayors and the Independent), ODS (Civil Democratic Party), KDU-ČSL (Christian Democratic Party) and the Pirate Party. Less than 17% of people voted.

Miloš Zeman, the President of the Czech Republic, said he would support the idea of making only one round of the Senate Elections, and he said he was sad that not many people go to vote. He repeated, that he thinks the Senate is a useless institution and he does not trust it. He congratulated the elected Senators.

Lights on for the culture

Light poles will appear in many places around the Czech Republic on Monday, October 12th at 7:30 PM. The lights will remind of the places, where the cultural events would take place, if there was not the restrictions related to COVID-19. This cultural campaign is organised by #kulturunezastavíš (=you cannot stop the culture). This initiative had organised many outdoor cultural events during the corona crisis in spring.

Zeman against the head of Security Information Service

President Miloš Zeman asked Jiří Rom, the former officer of the BIS (Security Information Service) to create a document with information against the current head of BIS, Michal Koudelka. Michal Koudelka has been pointing out the raising influence of Moscow and Beijing. There was an investigation related to possible connections to the Russian Secret Service that Jiří Rom had.