The reported number of cases of tick-borne encephalitis in South Moravia
has more than tripled. By the end of July, 38 cases of the potentially
fatal disease had been reported, up from roughly a dozen in the two
There is no cure for encephalitis, but only about one in four Czechs have themselves vaccinated against it. The country has five times as many cases as in neighbouring Austria, where 90 per cent of the population takes this precaution.
The tabloid Blesk lost some 33,000 readers in the first half of 2018 but is
still the most widely read newspaper, with a circulation of 926,000,
according to a new survey.
The broadsheet Mladá fronta dnes had 569,000 readers during that period, a drop in circulation of 3,000 year on year. In third place was the left-leaning daily Právo, with a readership of 253,000.
Rounding out the top five spots were the specialised daily Sport (240,000) and the right-leading national paper Lidové noviny (223,000), followed by another tabloid, Aha! (195,000), and the business daily Hospodářské noviny (182,000).
Three tanks have been called to help with the removal of debris from the
demolished footbridge on the Labe River near the town of Nymburk.
The footbridge was pulled down for safety reasons on Friday with large sections of it falling into the river.
The demolition process confirmed the results of an inspection which said the bridge was unsafe both for pedestrians and boat traffic on the river, collapsing much sooner than expected.
The clean-up operation is expected to last for the rest of the week.
The charges against two Dutch nationals who brutally attacked a waiter in
Prague in April of this year have been upgraded to attempted murder, the
daily Pravo reported on Tuesday.
The two men were originally charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm, but medical experts assessing the case said the prolonged brutality of the assault had been life-threatening.
If convicted the men could face up to 18 years in jail. They remain in custody.
The three Czech soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on
Sunday will be buried with military honours, Defence Ministry spokesman Jan
Pejšek said on Monday.
Sirens will sound nationwide in their memory at midday on Wednesday, the day on which their remains will be brought home on a special army plane.
President Miloš Zeman, the head of the Czech Armed forces, and leading political representatives will be present at the ceremony at the airport.
Since 2002 more than 9,000 Czech soldiers have served in Afghanistan. Thirteen of them were killed.
Interest in setting up new British firms in the Czech Republic has slowed
down since the decision on Brexit, according to statistics provided by
Bisnode. At present there are a record number of British companies
operating in the Czech Republic, but interest in setting up new ones is at
its lowest since 2014.
The biggest number of British companies established in the Czech Republic was in the period leading up to the referendum on Brixit and immediately in its wake, according to the report.
There are currently close to 5,000 companies with British capital operating on Czech soil.
The most popular tourist destination in Prague last year was traditionally
Prague Castle with 2.3 million visitors, a 13 percent increase
The Petrín funicular with 2 million visitors came second and Prague Zoo was the third most popular tourist destination, according to data made available by Czech Tourism.
The city hall on Old Town Square saw a drop in the number of visitors, most likely due to renovation work on Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he is sceptical with regard to the
possibility of the state compensating the clients of the bankrupt
construction company H-system.
The prime minister commented on the case in a Tweet on Monday, saying that providing such compensation to one group of clients would be unfair to all the others who had lost money in other dubious investments.
Supreme Court Judge Pavel Šámal, who dealt with the case and who came under fire for ordering 60 families of the construction company out of their homes in order to protect the rights of all other clients in the case, said that there was no way to resolve this case which would be fair to everyone and suggested that the state should get involved and provide some form of compensation.
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