5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • The European Commission will issue “in due time” a payment request calling on Poland to pay the penalties imposed by the EU’s top court in the dispute over the Turow lignite mine, a Commission spokesman said on Monday.

  • Over 1.7 million people have contracted the novel coronavirus in the Czech Republic since the outbreak of the epidemic in March 2020 and while the spread of the virus soared from last September, in the autumn and in winter 2021, the epidemic weakened significantly this spring, data from the health ministry show.

  • The Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has selected Zatopek, a film biography of the legendary Czech runner directed by David Ondricek, as the Czech Republic’s candidate for the Oscar nominations in the category of the Best Foreign Language Film.


  • Australia’s largest city, Sydney, has emerged from Covid lockdown after almost four months, with locals celebrating a range of new freedoms. Household visits and travel had been banned beyond a 5km zone.

  • The World Health Organization on Monday recommended that immunocompromised people be given an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine, due to their higher risk of breakthrough infections after standard immunisation.

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