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- All the 14 regions of the Czech Republic expressed their support to former PM Andrej Babis who is to seek re-election as the party leader at Saturday’s nationwide congress. Former industry, trade and transport minister Karel Havlicek and ex-finance minister Alena Schillerova were nominated as first deputy heads.
The Czech cabinet unanimously approved the state budget draft for this year with a deficit of 280 billion crowns, Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said on Twitter, adding that the deficit set by the previous government of Andrej Babis (ANO) was cut by 100 billion without raising taxes.
The upper limit of 1,000 seated viewers of mass events and 100 participants in other events remains valid in Czechia until February 18 even after lifting the COVID certificate duty, then it will rise to 500 for the latter as of February 19.
- The Czech national ice hockey team has started the Olympic tournament with a defeat. In their first match on Wednesday, the team, headed by coach Filip Pešán, lost 2:1 to Denmark.
- Some 11.4 million tourists stayed in accommodation facilities in the Czech Republic in 2021, which represents a year-on-year increase by 5.2 percent.