Morning News: Friday, March 17, 2023

  • New Czech President Petr Pavel has visited his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, in Warsaw, with the pair hailing their country’s close relations and shared support for Ukraine. “I very much appreciate that cooperation between the Czech Republic and Poland is at such a high level,” he said. “Throughout history, I don’t think our relations have been on such a level as they are now.”


  • The plans for president Petr Pavel’s first 100 days in office have been made public. His top priorities include introducing a transparent process for selecting constitutional judges, opening up more of Prague Castle to the public, and travelling to the Moravian-Silesian region, as well as two other so far undisclosed regions.


  • According to preliminary data, there were 374 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Czechia last year. Although this constitutes a slight increase from 2020 and 2021, this figure is still lower than pre-covid rates. 43 percent of cases last year were registered among non-Czechs, more than half of whom were from Ukraine.


  • A new weight loss medication, Wegovy, will be available in the Czech Republic soon. The drug is highly effective in clinical trials, with patients losing an average of 15% of their body weight. However, insurance companies will not cover the cost of the medication, which is expected to be around CZK 1,300 per injection.


  • Euro 2020 joint top scorer Patrik Schick will miss the Czech Republic’s opening Euro 2024 qualifiers due to injury. The Czechs host Poland on March 24 and then travel to Moldova on March 27 in Group E which also includes Albania and Faroe Islands.

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