Morning News: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Czech news today

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  • The Czech Health Ministry has signed a contract with the Pfizer US firm for the supplies of the Paxlovid antivirotic used for the treatment of COVID-19 until the end of this year and its first supply is to arrive in Czechia in September, ministry spokesman Ondrej Jakob told CT today.

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  • The number of illegal migrants entering Czechia across the Slovak border has increased this year. Mostl of them are Syrians coming from Turkey and heading for Germany and Austria. The Interior Ministry increased the number of places in the refugee facilities and wants to tighten the penalties for people-smugglers.

 

  • Frozen wages will be raised by 10 percent as of September not only for people working in the public sector but also for civil servants, trade union leaders and government party heads agreed today. This pay rise will cost the Czech state 1.1 billion crowns by the end of the year.

 

  • The Czech Republic has sent 5.9 billion crowns to war refugees from Ukraine in the form of humanitarian benefits in the six months since the start of the Russian invasion, the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry told journalists today. The state has given 846 million crowns to households for accommodation of the arrivals.

 

  • Almost 25 kilometres of new motorway will be opened in Czechia this year, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Tuesday. Speaking after talks with the minister of transport, Martin Kupka, Mr. Fiala said a further 40 kilometres of motorway would be completed in 2023.

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