- Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský has condemned Monday’s attack on members of the international KFOR mission in Kosovo. Both Pristina and Belgrade must take immediate steps to ease tensions, the Czech head of diplomacy wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
- The Czech economy experienced a fall by 0.4 percent year-on -year in the first quarter of 2023, according to revised data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Tuesday. Estimates in May predicted a decline by 0.2 percent. The quarter-on-quarter GDP stagnated during the first three months of this year.
- On Tuesday, restorers will dismantle the statues of three apostles from Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock on Old Town Square that were damaged by vandals last July. During the repair work, expected to cost around CZK 35,000, the clock will operate as usual, with three of its windows empty.
- 24% of the Czech population smoked tobacco products last year, according to a survey by the State Health Institute (SZU) released today. Another 10% of the population used electronic cigarettes, 6.6% used heated tobacco and 2.8% used nicotine sachets. Electronic cigarettes and nicotine sachets are most popular among young people.
- Some 3,462 cases of scabies were recorded in Czechia at the end of April, which is the highest figure in the past 20 years and twice as high as in the same period last year. Experts attribute the rise in scabies incidence to its absence during Covid lockdowns and to the overall decline in immunity.
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