Morning News: Monday, October 31, 2022

  • ANO party leader Andrej Babiš has confirmed that he will run for president in the January 2023 election. Speaking to TV NOVA on Sunday evening Mr. Babiš said the government’s inaction at a time of crisis had led him to accept the challenge.


  • The number of newly diagnosed HIV infections in Czechia between January and September of this year was about 18 percent higher than in the same period last year, the National Institute of Health reported. Health officials have recorded 221 cases of HIV so far this year. More than half of the positive cases registered are foreign nationals.


  • Thousands of Czechs joined a demonstration in support of democracy and Western values on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Sunday afternoon. The rally held under the motto “Czech Republic Against Fear: Together on Wenceslas Square” was called by the civic association Million Movements for Democracy.


  • The interest of the Czech public in visiting cultural events such as concerts, festivals, theatre and cinema performances is still 30% lower this year compared to the pre-COVID year in 2019, despite a higher number of events, according to data released by the online ticket selling service smsticket.


  • “Kaprkod” directed by Lucie Kralove and “07:15 – Blackbird” by French director and producer Judith Auffray won the main awards at the 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, presented last night, according to festival director Marek Hovorka.

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