Morning News: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

  • The Czech Ministry of Health has spent over 18 billion crowns on dealing with the Covid pandemic in the past three years. According to a ministry report 14.6 billion was spent on vaccines, 2.3 billion on protective equipment and lung ventilators, 940 million was spent on operating the Smart Quarantine system.


  • Most Czechs still prefer a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine, according to a poll carried out by the Median agency for Radiozurnal, released on its website yesterday. Almost 90% of respondents said the European Union and NATO should try to settle peace through diplomatic talks.


  • Ten Czech volunteers from the civic association team4ukraine received medals for bravery in Kyiv from the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, General Valery Zaluzhny. The team members  regularly travel to Ukraine to train Ukrainian soldiers in first aid, help in the hospital in Bakhmut, or deliver humanitarian aid.


  • The government is planning to levy a higher tax on gambling, to boost revenues and improve the state of public finances. Presently the state collects around nine billion crowns annually from gambling. The VAT on spirits is also expected to go up.


  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic based in Kolín partially resumed production on Monday after a month-long shutdown due to a shortage of components from China. Even with new deliveries production will remain limited to three days a week. The company employs around 3,600 people.

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