Top Czech News Headlines: Monday, January 17, 2022

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  • The coronavirus epidemic wave with predominant Omicron variant will peak in the two forthcoming weeks. Hospitals may receive 500-900 new cases a day in the five, ten days to come, Czech Institute of Health Statistics and Information (UZIS) head Ladislav Dusek told CTK today.

  • The Czech police revealed in the country 11,170 foreigners who illegally migrated last year, about 4,000 more than in 2020. This has been the first time since 2008 that the number of illegal foreigners revealed in a year exceeded 10,000.

  • The minister of labour and social affairs, Marian Jurečka, says the recently installed five-party coalition government may increase taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. The minister said the amount had not been calculated yet.


  • The Czech police force is missing up to 5,500 officers, Czech Television reported. Hundreds exited the service at the end of 2021 and the police have started a major recruitment drive in several parts of the country.


  • President Miloš Zeman said he was opposed to the “political abuse”, including calls for boycotts, of the Olympic Games. Zeman wished Czech athletes good luck in the upcoming games in Beijing to be held next month.

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