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Community aid groups helping the elderly to survive period of self-isolation

Radio Prague |
19 March 2020

Local authorities and community aid groups have come together to help the most vulnerable in society to survive the coronavirus epidemic. The government has emphatically urged people over 70 to remain in self-imposed isolation in their homes and town halls and volunteers are now scrambling to help meet their needs.

1 in 5 Czech businesses impacted by quarantine measures, HK ČR survey shows

Radio Prague |
19 March 2020

The government's recent measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus have impacted around 20 percent of businesses in the country, a lightning survey conducted by the Czech Chamber of Commerce (HK ČR) has found. Most expect sales revenues to drop by 40 to 60 percent. Those hardest hit are the self-employed and small businesses.

Czechs resort to making DIY facemasks in face of their shortage

Radio Prague |
18 March 2020

Thousands of Czechs have started making DIY facemasks as the Czech Republic continues to face a serious shortage in the current coronavirus outbreak.

"Like waking up into a sci-fi movie" - Moravian district quarantined from the world

Radio Prague |
18 March 2020

Due to being one of the epicentres of the coronavirus outbreak in the Czech Republic, 21 districts in the Moravian region around Olomouc have been closed off to the outside world for at least two weeks. Many only found out about it when confronted by police checkpoints on their way to work.

Czech cabinet, central bank take futher measures to bolster economy

Radio Prague |
18 March 2020

The Czech government and central bank have announced further measures to offset the impact of the coronavirus on large firms, small businesses and households. While economic growth is certain to drop steeply in the near term, the authorities and experts note this country is better prepared than most to weather the storm. Jan Bureš, chief economist for Patria Finance, argues that the government stimulus package is too small.

In memoriam: Czech swing and jazz queen Eva Pilarová

Radio Prague |
17 March 2020

Eva Pilarová, one of the most acclaimed Czech singers of the second half of the twentieth century, has died at the age of 80.

Coronavirus: Czech TV to air 'virtual classroom' shows until schools reopen

Radio Prague |
17 March 2020

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health last week ordered all primary and secondary schools to close indefinitely. To help ensure students don't fall behind in core subjects – and give structure to their days – Czech Television has begun airing special educational programmes that replicate the feel of a classroom.

Prague Stock Exchange falls to its lowest since 2009

Radio Prague |
17 March 2020

This Monday morning the Prague Stock Exchange (PX) fell to its lowest point since the economic crisis in April 2009, after losing 30 percent of value over the past month. Meanwhile, the value of the Czech crown has fallen both to the euro and the US dollar. Just as other stock exchanges across the world, Prague's PX is being heavily impacted by the coronavirus fallout, decreasing by a further 6.79 percent to 769,09 index points by 10:15am on Monday.

Czech Republic goes into quarantine to slow down coronavirus spread

Radio Prague |
16 March 2020

The State Security Council has decided to severely limit free movement in the Czech Republic from midnight March 16 to 6am March 24 in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

Sokolovo - Czechoslovak soldiers' first baptism of fire in the East during WW2

Radio Prague |
16 March 2020

In early March 1943, the first action of the Czechoslovak foreign contingent on the Eastern Front during the Second World War took place around the Ukrainian village of Sokolovo.

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