Morning News: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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  • Prague’s St Ludmila Church has gained the title basilica minor, which the Pope bestows on significant church buildings. The title basilica minor has been most often granted to pilgrimage churches, which can be recognised by the papal symbol placed on them.

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  • The Czech Senate foreign committee unanimously supported Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO on Tuesday, on the eve of the upper house’s plenary vote on the proposal. Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

 

  • Only about 80 hectares have not yet been extinguished in the Bohemian Switzerland National park, where a big fire broke out 17 days ago. On Tuesday morning, the firefighters handed over another part of the park to its administration, namely part of the third sector lying near Vysoka Lipa, North Bohemia.

 

  • More than four million Covid-19 cases have been confirmed by laboratories in Czechia since the epidemic outbreak in the country in March 2020. The infection pace started to rise sharply last November and then in January and February when over 50,000 cases per day were confirmed twice.

 

  • Czechia currently ranks as the country with the least affordable housing in Europe, according to a new study published by Deloitte. Czechs with an average salary now have to work 13.3 years to buy a medium-size apartment of 70 square metres if having no other expenses.

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