5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • Constitutional lawyers consider it appropriate to postpone the traditional awarding of state honours on October 28, Czechoslovak Independence Day, due to failing of health of President Miloš Zeman, who is in hospital and has been deemed incapable of fulling the duties of office.

  • The novel coronavirus infection is spreading twice as fast as last week in the Czech Republic where 3,246 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday, 1,739 more than a week ago and the highest daily rise since April 20. The number of the COVID hospitalised is on the rise, too, increasing by two-fifths to 620 since last Tuesday, and about 100 of them are in a serious condition.

  • Czech police will probe whether a crime against the republic was committed by the office of Czech President Miloš Zeman, as his office did not inform the public and other officials about him Zeman is unable to fulfill his duties, despite being aware of the situation.


  • Ireland will allow nightclubs to reopen for the first time since March 2020 but stepped back on Tuesday from plans to drop almost all COVID-19 restrictions in response to a rise in infections in one of the world’s most vaccinated countries.

  • Jailed Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has been chosen as the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Parliament’s annual human rights prize, for his work to expose corruption and efforts to restrict freedoms in Russia.

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