Top Czech News Headlines: Thursday, May 5, 2022

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  • Health Minister Vlastimil Valek will propose next week that the duty to wear respirators in health and social care facilities in Czechia be lifted at the latest on May 11 by a government resolution if the lower house does not pass the end of pandemic alert, he told reporters today.


  • Czech Justice Minister Pavel Blazek is to leave for the Hague within two weeks to debate details of joint steps in the prosecution of war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, he told reporters before the government meeting today. Blazek has arranged talks at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague in this respect.


  • The operating profit of Škoda Auto fell by roughly a quarter to EUR 337 million in the first quarter of 2022, the car brand’s owner Volkswagen Group announced on Wednesday in its interim report. Škoda delivered 186,170 automobiles to customers during the first quarter of this year, around 25 percent less than in 2021.


  • Almost 90% of Czechs support humanitarian help for Ukraine to defend against Russia and help refugees fleeing the conflict, according to an April survey conducted by the agency Focus. However, at the same time, 60% of respondents said that they see the level of support for Ukraine as too generous and believe that this will cost Czechs in the long term.


  • The City of Brno, together with the Brno Transport Company (DPMB) will deliver two trams and six trolleybuses to Ukraine. A part of the donation was symbolically accepted by the representative of the Kharkiv municipality, Alexey Yurievich Palant, on Komenského náměstí today.

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