Top Czech News Headlines: Friday, January 7, 2022

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  • The Teaching Hospital in Hradec Kralove has been the first to detect the B.1.640 coronavirus variant in the Czech Republic. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this variant was first reported from the Democratic Republic of the Congo last September.

  • Czech PM Petr Fiala will visit Slovakia in his first foreign visit as head of government next Tuesday. He will meet with his Slovak counterpart Eduard Heger, as well as with the country’s President Zuzana Čaputová.

  • Czech new car registrations rose by 1.9% year-on-year in 2021 to 206,876 cars and could accelerate this year, the Car Importers Association said on Thursday. However, compared with the last pre-COVID year, 2019, sales fell by 17.2%.


  • There were 205 rail deaths in the Czech Republic in 2021, which was the lowest figure in 19 years. The number includes people who died on the national train network, Prague’s Metro, cable car systems and trolleybus and tram lines.


  • The Czech state budget deficit swelled to a record in 2021, Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said on Thursday. it reached the amount of 419.7 billion crowns and adds to a fast-rising debt load that the new five-party government, has pledged to tackle.

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