Top Czech News Headlines: Thursday, January 20, 2022

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  • The new government on Wednesday dismissed the previous plan to require people age 60 and over as well as medical personnel, police officers, firefighters and medical students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

  • The concentration of air pollutants in the Czech Republic in 2021 was the second-lowest in the past decade, the preliminary data released by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMU) show today. The country saw a better score a year earlier with the highest air quality since the beginning of the recording.

  • In 2021, the number of projects adapting South Moravia to the effects of climate change reached 160, more than double than the 76 projects in 2019 and 2020. The region intends to continue supporting climate change adaptation measures.

  • The average mortgage rate in the Czech Republic climbed to 2.99 percent in December, up from 2.70 the previous month. It was the ninth month in a row that mortgage rates increased and the highest recorded since 2003.


  • The number of working seniors has been increasing in the long term, although the pandemic has slightly reduced their activities. Indeed, between 2010 and 2020, the number of employed people aged 60 and over rose from 260,300 to 458,800.
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