Morning News: Thursday, August 4, 2022

If your day doesn’t start until you’re up to speed on the latest headlines, then let us introduce you to our new morning fix. 

 

  • The Czech Republic has so far granted temporary protection visas to 405,179 Ukrainian refugees since the war in Ukraine started in February, with 500 visas issued on Tuesday alone, 30 fewer than a week ago. There are under 300,000 Ukrainians staying in the country.

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  • The response to major forest fires in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in North Bohemia over the last week and a half will likely cost hundreds of millions of crowns. The head of the Czech national fire service, Vladimír Vlček, said that the cost of deploying fire brigades alone was around CZK 20 million a day.

 

  • The Czech minister of finance, Zbyněk Stanjura, says the government cannot afford any more than the CZK 66 billion it has earmarked to help households and companies facing high energy costs. The figure has been set aside for a period from October this year until September next year.

 

  • At the end of July, the state budget deficit rose to CZK 192.7 billion, from CZK 183 billion in June. At the end of July last year, the finance ministry said the budget showed a deficit of CZK 279.4 billion, which was the worst June result since the Czech Republic was founded.

 

  • Some 1,000 young scouts, aged 14 to 17 years, from 23 countries attend the 15th Central European Jamboree that started in Prague on Tuesday and lasts until August 12. Over 400 scouts from the Czech Republic take part in the Jamboree along with those from the other three Visegrad Four (V4) countries, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, as well as Romania, Israel and even Malaysia.

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