5 Things First: The Top Czech News Headlines

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  • Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (ANO) proposes that selected groups should be vaccinated against coronavirus from 1 March 2022. Compulsory vaccination should apply to people over 60 years of age, police officers, soldiers, and other armed forces, as well as firefighters and health and social care workers.


  • On December 18th, Prague will host a day of activities dedicated to Václav Havel, including concerts, screenings, exhibitions, meetings and discussions that celebrate the 10th anniversary of Havel’s death.


  • The Liberec hospital confirmed that the woman who caught coronavirus had the Omicron variant and is the first confirmed case of this variant in Czechia. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers Omicron alarming because it is potentially more transmissible than other variants.


  • Sellers and operators of the canceled Christmas markets will receive higher compensation, said Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (ANO) via Twitter. Compensation should range from 30 to almost 100 percent, the minister said on Czech Television. 


  • Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia should be considering making vaccination against COVID-19 obligatory as it seems to be the only way out of the crisis, Czech President Milos Zeman told the heads of the three other states at their meeting yesterday.

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