5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • The Czech government is planning to put more power in the hands of police officers when it comes to breaches of covid-19 regulations. Police officers would be able to write up a fine of up to 3 million CZK to citizens, business owners and companies, who would be found to be breaching current restrictions.

  • The Senate’s Committee for Organizational Matters will consider November 9 as a possible date for an extraordinary meeting of the upper chamber on the health of President Miloš Zeman and his ability to fulfill his duties as head of state, Senate chair Miloš Vystrčil told Czech Television on Sunday.

  • Physician Milena Kralickova was elected the first-ever female rector of Prague’s Charles University, which she will head from February 2022 until 2026, after her election is confirmed by the president. The Academic Senate elected Kralickova with the supporting votes of 55 out of its 69 members present. She will replace Tomas Zima in the post.


  • Romania’s health system is torn apart by pandemics. The country’s 2,000 intensive care beds are all full, and patients are now having to wait outside. The first 50 critically ill patients have been transferred to hospitals in Hungary and Poland.

  • Italian ex-interior minister Matteo Salvini has gone on trial in Sicily, accused of preventing a migrant boat from docking in August 2019. The right-wing politician denies kidnap and dereliction of duty charges. Prosecution witnesses include Hollywood actor Richard Gere, who was on board.

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