Thursday news summary

COVID-19 update

Over 5,300 people were tested positive on Wednesday, October 7th. It is the highest number of infections within one day in Czechia so far.

Almost 4,500 were tested positive on Tuesday, October 6th. More than 18,500 people were tested in total during the same day.

There are currently over 41,000 people infected in the Czech Republic. Over 50,000 people have been cured since the epidemic started in March.

The Minister of Health, Roman Prymula (independent/ANO), is going to announce new restrictions on Friday, October 9th. According to the Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš (ANO), the restrictions should start Monday, October 12th. Some of the restrictions might concern culture and schools. Further measures will follow.

Italy added Czechia on the list of risky countries starting from Wednesday, October 7th. People travelling from Czechia to Italy will need a negative test, which cannot be older than 72 hours.

Over 130 people got infected in elderly home Slunečnice in Ostrava. Over 80 of them were the clients and almost 50 were the staff.

In the biggest elderly home in Brno, Kociánka, people got infected even when the visits were forbidden. There were around 30 people infected, and two of them died.

Controversial chanel Danube-Oder-Elbe

The University of Ostrava asked the Government to reconsider the approval of the controversial construction of the chanel connecting Danube-Oder-Elbe. The decision to approve the first part of the chanel was announced on Monday, October 5th. There is an ongoing discussion regarding the project.

Head of the Antimonopoly Office resigned

Petr Rafaj, head of the Antimonopoly Office, has resigned. He is going to leave his position on December 1st. There is an ongoing investigation of Petr Rafaj regarding suspicion of corruption. One of the cases under the investigation is suspicion of influencing a new tender for collection of highway tolls. Petr Rafaj said he had never done anything that could breach the independence of his position.

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet the Head of Belarusian opposition

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, head of the Belarusian opposition, is going to attend the international conference Forum 2000. During this conference, she is also going to meet Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD). Together, they will discuss the situation in Belarus. Previously, Tomáš Petříček stated that the elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair, and that the Belarusian civil society had the full support of the Czech Republic.