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Study: Average new Prague flat costs 13.9 years’ salary
Study: Average new Prague flat costs 13.9 years’ salary

Several countries call on Czechia to help in fight against Covid-19
Several countries call on Czechia to help in fight against Covid-19

Coronavirus vaccinations could start at the turn of January-February, says health minister
The Czech Republic could begin the coronavirus vaccination process sometime around the turn of January-February 2021, Health Minister Jan Blatný told the lower-house of Parliament on Tuesday. In an ideal scenario, 70 to 80 percent of the population should be inoculated, he said. However, a recent survey showed that the majority of the public does not want the vaccine.

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‘Tis the season for Advent pastorals – on a rare Krkonoše organ
The season of Advent is upon us. The word comes from the Latin “adventus”, which means arrival coming, as Christians awaited the second coming of Jesus. While for the faithful Advent is about repentance, it is also a joyful time, marked by traditional Czech goodies and music.  

Czechs raise over 1 million to rebuild rare wooden church destroyed by fire
Czechs raise over 1 million to rebuild rare wooden church destroyed by fire

Government to ask for another extension of state of emergency
Government to ask for another extension of state of emergency

WWII veteran Jarmila Halbrštátová dies at 96
WWII veteran Jarmila Halbrštátová dies at 96

Murals project brings top artists to Brno’s “Bronx”
Regarded by many outsiders as a Romany ghetto, Brno’s Zábrdovice district is commonly referred to by the nickname “Bronx”. Now a new project entitled Městská galerie (Municipal Gallery) is brightening up the area with huge murals by leading Czech artists, such as František Skála and Eva Koťátková. The man behind it is writer and publisher Martin Reiner, who has an apartment there.

Ivan Bartoš confirmed as Pirate Party leader for 2021 elections
Ivan Bartoš confirmed as Pirate Party leader for 2021 elections

Tuesday sees further fall in rate of coronavirus infections
Tuesday sees further fall in rate of coronavirus infections

Kher publishing house, a ‘home’ for Romani writing
The publishing house Kher was established by students of Romani language and culture at Charles University some eight years ago. The aim was to support and promote not just literature but use of the minority language itself. The latest book from Kher, which means “home” in Romani, is a collection of short stories about the spirits of the dead – an anthology published in large part thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

Czechia to receive first COVID-19 vaccine deliveries in January or February, says Health minister
Czechia to receive first COVID-19 vaccine deliveries in January or February, says Health minister

Radio Prague's Monthly Quiz
Test your knowledge of things Czech!

Sale of e-vignettes for cars goes ahead despite complications
Sale of e-vignettes for cars goes ahead despite complications

Petr Mlsna named new head of anti-monopoly office
Petr Mlsna named new head of anti-monopoly office

Fruit trees, part of landscape for centuries, now returning to Krkonoše
The administration of the Krkonoše National Park in the north-west of the Czech Republic has been reviving fruit orchards and alleys at the foothills of the country’s highest mountains. It has already planted dozens of fruit trees, mainly apples, pears and cherries, which used to be part of the landscape for centuries.

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Mayors and Independents: Security Committee should discuss president’s request for intel secrets
Mayors and Independents: Security Committee should discuss president’s request for intel secrets

New doc highlights Frank Zappa’s connections to Prague
A new documentary on the late rock star Frank Zappa contains multiple references to Prague. Zappa was the first major Western musician to visit the city after the Velvet Revolution and performed his last ever concert there in 1991. But why was he so popular with the Czech underground?

Statistics Agency: Czechs consumed record amount of food last year
Statistics Agency: Czechs consumed record amount of food last year

Inspired by Scotland, Czech gov’t aims to cut VAT on period products  
Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová plans to propose a reduction in value added tax (VAT) on period products, such as tampons and sanitary pads, to 10 percent from the current 21 percent. The news comes a week after Scotland became the first country in the world to make such products free and readily available for all.

Deník N: National COVID-19 testing coordinator resigns
Deník N: National COVID-19 testing coordinator resigns

Dominik Furch and Dmitrij Jaškin among KHL players of the month for November
Dominik Furch and Dmitrij Jaškin among KHL players of the month for November

Czech GDP grew in third-quarter of 2020 compared to previous three months
Czech GDP grew in third-quarter of 2020 compared to previous three months

Finance Ministry proposes lowering VAT on menstrual products
Finance Ministry proposes lowering VAT on menstrual products

Czechs taking part in Giving Tuesday for fifth time
Czechs taking part in Giving Tuesday for fifth time

Pirates and Mayors to produce election coalition deal by Christmas
Pirates and Mayors to produce election coalition deal by Christmas

Final draft of Brussels audit finds Babiš in conflict of interest
Final draft of Brussels audit finds Babiš in conflict of interest

“It is unprecedented” – Report says Zeman requesting details on Russian espionage
President Miloš Zeman has asked the Czech counter-intelligence service, BIS, to give him detailed information on Russian operations in the country, including the names of specific spies and their Czech collaborators. That’s according to a report published by news site iRozhlas on Monday. Security experts warn that if the request were met some BIS operations could be compromised. I discussed the matter with a former chief of Czech Military Intelligence, Andor Šándor.

Some households to save on electricity and gas bills in 2021
Czech consumers will pay more or less the same for electricity and gas in 2021 as they have this year. The country’s Energy Regulatory Office on Monday announced a 1.7 percent drop in the regulated price of electricity for households and 1.6 percent fall in the regulated component of natural gas prices.

Distance learning especially tough for foreign kids learning Czech
With the easing of coronavirus restrictions, schoolchildren are gradually returning to the classroom, at least in part, much to the relief of parents. Distance learning has proved challenging for many students, especially for foreign children struggling with the Czech language.  

Prague to extend posters ban to much of city
Prague to extend posters ban to much of city

Major new book commemorates “genius designer” Jan Kaplický
The visionary world of architect Jan Kaplický is captured in the hugely impressive new coffee table book Jan Kaplický: Pro budoucnost a pro krásu (For the Future and for Beauty). The hefty monograph is the fruit of 10 years of work by his friend Ivan Margolius, himself also a Prague-born architect who made a life and career in the UK. It traces his beginnings in Czechoslovakia, the story of the highly progressive Future Systems studio and the realisation of some of Kaplický’s space-age designs, alongside interviews with many of his closest associates. I discussed the late architect’s evolution, relationship to his native country and much more with Ivan Margolius.

Households to save on gas and electricity in 2021
Households to save on gas and electricity in 2021

Top judge: Spring bar on people leaving state was unconstitutional
Top judge: Spring bar on people leaving state was unconstitutional

Sunday sees fewest new Covid cases since September 20
Sunday sees fewest new Covid cases since September 20

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iRozhlas: Zeman seeking info on Russian spies from intelligence chief
iRozhlas: Zeman seeking info on Russian spies from intelligence chief

Most Czech elementary school pupils return to classrooms
Most Czech elementary school pupils return to classrooms

School system to go to level three from December 7
School system to go to level three from December 7

Blatný: Further easing unlikely before next year
Blatný: Further easing unlikely before next year

Czech Republic to loosen Covid restrictions from Thursday
Czech Republic to loosen Covid restrictions from Thursday

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Very different Advent begins for Czechs
Very different Advent begins for Czechs

Expert: Teacher tests should indicate degree of Covid infection in populace
Expert: Teacher tests should indicate degree of Covid infection in populace

Lowest Saturday rise in new Covid cases in nearly two months
Lowest Saturday rise in new Covid cases in nearly two months

Petr Novák – One of THE Czech voices of the late 1960s
The hugely popular Czech singer Petr Novák was born in Prague in September 1945, so would have turned 75 this year had he lived. A lover of the Beatles, he started out in 1960s bands such as George and Beatovens and Flamengo but found even more fame as a solo artist. Novák died at the age of only 51 after struggles with alcoholism but his songs live on, associated by many with a true golden age of Czech pop.

The Holy Hill pilgrimage site with the Basilica of Our Lady
This popular pilgrimage site with its Baroque complex of buildings and Basilica of Our Lady is located close to Olomouc city. It attracts thousands of believers and in 1995 was visited by Pope John Paul II.

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Czech Covid death figure passes 8,000
Czech Covid death figure passes 8,000

Police raid Prague club operating despite Covid restrictions
Police raid Prague club operating despite Covid restrictions

Ministry: Self-employed will also be able to draw on Antivirus funding
Ministry: Self-employed will also be able to draw on Antivirus funding

Old Town Square Christmas tree lit up earlier than initial plan
Old Town Square Christmas tree lit up earlier than initial plan

Covid index still down but regional disparities marked
Covid index still down but regional disparities marked

Minister: Covid vaccine to be without payment for whole population
Minister: Covid vaccine to be without payment for whole population

Cabinet to discuss easing restrictions on Sunday
Cabinet to discuss easing restrictions on Sunday

Schools to continue under current model regardless of level decision
Schools to continue under current model regardless of level decision

Czech e-retailers predict biggest ever Black Friday
Czech e-retailers predict biggest ever Black Friday

Petříček assured Zeman man will not discuss govt agenda in Moscow
Petříček assured Zeman man will not discuss govt agenda in Moscow

Defendants in Prague transport tickets case acquitted
Defendants in Prague transport tickets case acquitted

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Sparta beat Celtic while Slavia overcome Nice in Europa League
Sparta beat Celtic while Slavia overcome Nice in Europa League

Prague municipality opens more shelters for the homeless to curb spread of coronavirus
With the onset of winter weather Prague is preparing to open its shelters for the homeless. The municipality also wants to test homeless people for coronavirus and has special care facilities for those who test positive.

Artist Míla Fürstová illustrates new version of Kytice
To mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Karel Jaromír Erben, one of the greatest Czech poets of all time, the London-based publishing house Jantar has released a special illustrated version of Kytice or A Bouquet of Folk Legends, Erben’s famous collection of poems.

Czechs getting fatter and more depressed as coronavirus crisis deepens
A new poll suggests Czechs are gaining weight because they are eating more and exercising less during the Covid-19 pandemic. A recent survey by the insurance company Mutumutu shows Czechs have gained an average of 6.5 kilos over the past seven months. It also suggests people under the age of 25 are the most affected group.

Former football boss Berbr remanded in custody as police confiscate millions of crowns in cash
Former football boss Berbr remanded in custody as police confiscate millions of crowns in cash

PM: Coalition will continue despite differences over tax reform
PM: Coalition will continue despite differences over tax reform

National Gallery in Prague exhibition ‘Rembrandt: Portrait of a Man’ sheds light on a Dutch master
The nation’s galleries and museums have been obliged to close their doors to due to the coronavirus pandemic, but many continue to organise virtual exhibitions. Among the most ambitious is dedicated to one of the greatest painters of all time – Rembrandt – now at the National Gallery in Prague.

Lasvit translucent glasshouse headquarters awarded Czech Architecture Prize
The headquarters of the Lasvit glass company in Nový Bor, combining historical timber-frame houses with a striking new building covered in translucent tiles, has won this year’s annual Czech Architecture Prize. The international jury praised the Prague-based architecture studio ov-a for combining traditional values with modern design.

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Defence ministry acquires new off-roads
Defence ministry acquires new off-roads

New head of Anti-Trust Office promises greater transparency
New head of Anti-Trust Office promises greater transparency

Trip to Russia by president’s advisor under fire
Trip to Russia by president’s advisor under fire

PM: testing of selected high-risk groups will continue
PM: testing of selected high-risk groups will continue

Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop – exploring dark chapters of region’s history
The Devil’s Workshop is a short novel written by the award-winning author Jáchym Topol. It focuses on some of the darkest chapters of Europe’s history. Set partly in the wartime ghetto of Terezín and partly in Belarus, it addresses two crucial questions: How do we live with the horrors of the past and how are we supposed to commemorate them? The book, which came out in 2009 under the Czech title Chladnou zemí, was published in English in 2013 by Portobello Books, in an excellent translation by Alex Zucker.

Prague education fair Schola Pragensis gets underway
Prague education fair Schola Pragensis gets underway

Covid-19: Cases drop, PES risk level remains at 57
Covid-19: Cases drop, PES risk level remains at 57

Dancing Between Jihlava and New York
Denisa Musilová is a successful performing artist and choreographer with experience from the world-famous Baryshnikov Arts Centre. After studying contemporary dance at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague, she spent several years working and dancing in Israel and was then invited to New York. She now divides her time between a small Czech town and the Big Apple.

Czech TV elects new supervisory board in controversial shake-up
Czech TV elects new supervisory board in controversial shake-up

Football: Ethics Commission initiates proceedings against 17 people
Football: Ethics Commission initiates proceedings against 17 people

Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop – exploring dark chapters of region’s history
The Devil’s Workshop is a short novel written by the award-winning author Jáchym Topol. It focuses on some of the darkest chapters of Europe’s history. Set partly in the wartime ghetto of Terezín and partly in Belarus, it addresses two crucial questions: How do we live with the horrors of the past and how are we supposed to commemorate them? The book, which came out in 2009 under the Czech title Chladnou zemí, was published in English in 2013 by Portobello Books, in an excellent translation by Alex Zucker.

TV and radio presenter Kamila Moučková dies at 92
Kamila Moučková, the television presenter who informed the nation that Warsaw Pact troops had entered the country in August 1968 has died at the age of 92. Mrs Moučková, who was subsequently active in anti-invasion broadcasting and was also a Charter 77 signatory, became one of the symbols of the nation’s resistance to the Soviet occupation.

Czech classical recording Bohemian Tales nominated for a Grammy Award
Czech classical recording Bohemian Tales nominated for a Grammy Award

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2021 draft state budget falls one vote short of passing in committee
2021 draft state budget falls one vote short of passing in committee

EP4: Marek Šindelka
Marek Šindelka is one of the Czech Republic’s leading young authors. Known for acclaimed novels such as The Mistake and Material Fatigue, the 36-year-old has also won top domestic prizes for his poetry and short stories. His broad oeuvre also includes graphic novels, while movie scripts he has penned should reach the big screen in 2021.

Covid-19: PES score not yet low enough to trigger further easing, Hamáček says
Covid-19: PES score not yet low enough to trigger further easing, Hamáček says

Yet another suspected pollutant found in Bečva River
Yet another suspected pollutant found in Bečva River

CzechTourism presents revival plan for hard-hit tourist industry
Tourism has been one of the hardest-hit industries by the coronavirus crisis. In the Czech Republic, which is a popular tourist destination, the tourist sector employs a quarter of a million people and brings significant revenues to state coffers. In a video-conference on Tuesday the government agency CzechTourism presented its long-term strategy for reviving this all-important sector.  

More than half a million people infected with Covid-19 since March
More than half a million people infected with Covid-19 since March

1968 television presenter Kamila Moučková dies at 92
1968 television presenter Kamila Moučková dies at 92

PM says free antigen tests should be made available in the run up to Christmas
PM says free antigen tests should be made available in the run up to Christmas

Czech serial #martyisdead wins country’s first Emmy
A Czech thriller about cyberbullying has won an international Emmy Award for best short-form series. The eight-part series #martyisdead was the first Czech production ever nominated for the prestigious American award, which honours excellence in TV programming produced and first aired outside the United States.

Defence minister warns against cuts in defence spending
Defence minister warns against cuts in defence spending

Over 300 Czech rail bridges set for improvements in coming years
The Czech state intends to invest nearly CZK 1 billion into improving the country’s railway bridges in the next few years. Some 319 bridges are in need of work at present, the Railway Administration said on Tuesday.

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Prague Fringe bringing Czech acts to global audiences for first time
Normally the Prague Fringe brings leading alternative theatre troupes from around the planet to the Czech capital. From Tuesday to Saturday, however, it is doing something else entirely – streaming cutting-edge Czech performers to viewers around the globe, for free. I discussed “Prague Fringe Reimagined” with the festival’s founder, Steve Gove.

Hospitals need more blood plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19
Hospitals need more blood plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19

Confidence in the economy drops further
Confidence in the economy drops further

Decline in Covid-19 cases continues
Decline in Covid-19 cases continues

#martyisdead becomes first Czech show to win International Emmy
#martyisdead becomes first Czech show to win International Emmy

Cabinet to meet Sunday to discuss reopening shops and restaurants
Cabinet to meet Sunday to discuss reopening shops and restaurants

Christmas tree erected on Old Town Sq. but no lighting ceremony planned
Christmas tree erected on Old Town Sq. but no lighting ceremony planned

Christmas tree for Brno
The Christmas tree for Brno’s main square is a 25-year-old fir tree from Bílovice nad Svitavou.

Govt. aiming to make initial purchase of vaccines for 5.5 million people
Govt. aiming to make initial purchase of vaccines for 5.5 million people

Petříček: Govt. should listen to intelligence services over Dukovany supplier
Petříček: Govt. should listen to intelligence services over Dukovany supplier

What’s in a name? Prague to explain rich history behind street names
Prague 1 plans to place blue plaques alongside iconic red street signs throughout the district, encompassing most of the medieval heart of the city, including Staré Město and the Jewish Quarter and, on the other side of the Vltava, most of Malá Strana and Hradčany, by Prague Castle.  

Number of cars in CR climbs to 6.1 million
Number of cars in CR climbs to 6.1 million

Fewest new Covid cases since September recorded Sunday
Fewest new Covid cases since September recorded Sunday

Czech Post to lay off 1,500 people
Czech Post to lay off 1,500 people

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Senators file complaint over Covid measure affecting small retailers
Senators file complaint over Covid measure affecting small retailers

Šumperk museum restores orchestrion made in Vienna at the start of the 20th century
The Museum of National History in Šumperk has breathed new life into what is believed to be the largest orchestrion in the Czech Republic. The self-playing musical cabinet from the beginning of the 20th century had been out of order for decades and the museum had it completely taken apart and reassembled in order to restore it to its former glory.  

Czech Republic sees fast wage growth in past decade
In the past decade, wages in the Czech Republic have risen by 51 percent, which is the most compared to neighbouring countries. However as far as the nominal wage goes, people in the Czech Republic still make significantly less than people in Germany where the wage growth has been much slower.

Czechs donate 440 tons of food in National Food Collection
Czechs donate 440 tons of food in National Food Collection

Further easing of coronavirus restrictions as of Monday
Further easing of coronavirus restrictions as of Monday

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Christmas tree for Old Town Square donated by private owner
Christmas tree for Old Town Square donated by private owner

Health minister: Covid testing strategy being reviewed
Health minister: Covid testing strategy being reviewed

Hungary Today

Signature Drive in EPP for Fidesz MEP Deutsch’s Expulsion After Gestapo Comparison

After Tamás Deutsch compared the EPP’s insistence on the rule of law criteria to communist and Nazi-like methods, certain EPP officials kick-started a signature drive aiming for the expulsion of the Fidesz-founder MEP from the biggest European party family. Deutsch says he is being attacked for political reasons. It was Deutsch’s reaction to EPP group […]

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Hungarian Economy Bounces Back in Third Quarter

The Hungarian economy did better than expected in Q3, bouncing back 11.4% compared to the previous quarter. In the first three quarters overall, economic output fell around 5.5%. Year-on-year, GDP was down 4.6% in Q3. Almost half of this came from the service sector, more than a fifth was due to declining output in the […]

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Fidesz MEP Szájer’s Sudden Resignation Due to Illegal Party Scandal and Police Raid

Two days after Hungarian MEP József Szájer of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party suddenly resigned on Sunday, the Belgian media reported on an MEP who participated in an illegal party during lockdown, broken up by Brussels police, which local media described as an “orgy” with 25 people present, mainly men. Szájer later confirmed that he is […]

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Coronavirus: November Far and Away the Worst Month for Hungary So Far

November was by far the worst month for Hungary in terms of the coronavirus. A rapid rise in cases, deaths, and positive tests, along with labor deficiencies made for a somber end to autumn 2020. In November, Hungary had by far its worst month of coronavirus infections yet. At the end of October, there were […]

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Szijjártó to NATO FMs: Ukraine’s Attack on Hungarian Community Unacceptable

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has slammed a series of raids by Ukrainian authorities on the premises of ethnic Hungarian institutions in the neighbouring country, calling it an “attack” on a minority community belonging to a NATO country. “Ukraine, a country not a member of NATO, has launched an attack against a minority group originating […]

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Keine Maskenpflicht für testunwillige Lehrer
Nach Informationen des Bildungsministeriums müssen Pädagogen nicht bekannt geben, ob sie bei den anstehenden Massentests waren oder nicht. Lediglich bei einem positiven Ergebnis muss ein solches verpflichtend gemeldet werden, um eine weitere Ausbreitung zu verhindern. Neben Personen, die in den vergangenen drei Monaten bereits positiv getestet wurden, werden auch Kinder nicht getestet, die keiner Schulpflicht unterliegen. Die FPÖ ortet indessen Ungereimtheiten bei der Beschaffung der Antigen-Tests.

Quarantänepflicht bei der Einreise nach Österreich
Österreich verhängt für alle Einreisenden aus Corona-Risikogebieten vom 7. Dezember bis zum 10. Jänner eine zehntägige Quarantänepflicht. Ziel sei es, den Tourismus weitgehend einzudämmen, teilte die türkis-grüne Bundesregierung am Mittwoch mit. Österreich setze auf ein „konsequentes Grenzregime“, damit das Virus nicht durch Rückkehrer oder Touristen ins Land getragen werde, sagte Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz.

Museen und Bibliotheken dürfen ab Montag öffnen
Museen und Bibliotheken in Österreich dürfen ab kommendem Montag wieder öffnen. Weiterhin untersagt bleiben jedoch Kulturveranstaltungen, ebenso müssen Kinos geschlossen bleiben. Auch Indoor-Sport ist weiter nicht erlaubt, Fitnessstudios dürfen nicht betreten werden. Ab 24. Dezember wird Einzel-Outdoor-Sport wie Skifahren oder Eislaufen erlaubt.

Lebensretter für den fünfjährigen Paul gesucht
Erst fünf Jahre ist Paul alt - dennoch muss er bereits um sein noch so junges Leben kämpfen. Der kleine Vorarlberger leidet an akuter Leukämie - also Blutkrebs - und benötigt daher dringend gesunde Stammzellen. Nach einem passenden Spender wird fieberhaft gesucht.

Tankstellenüberfall in Wien: Hinweise erbeten
Nach einem bewaffneten Raubüberfall Mitte November im Wiener Bezirk Floridsdorf hat die Polizei am Mittwoch Fahndungsbilder der Täter veröffentlicht. Die beiden Unbekannten konnten damals mit Bargeld sowie Zigaretten die Flucht ergreifen. Die Exekutive bittet um Hinweise.

USA hatten vermutlich bereits 2019 Corona-Fälle
Eine brisante Studie kommt zu dem Schluss, dass es vermutlich bereits 2019 die ersten Corona-Fälle in den USA gegeben hat - einen Monat früher, als bislang bekannt. Die Gesundheitsbehörde CDC untersuchte Tausende Blutspenden, die beim Roten Kreuz im Zeitraum von Mitte Dezember bis Mitte Jänner geleistet wurden. In mehr als 100 Proben wurden Antikörper gegen SARS-CoV-2 gefunden.

Social-Media-Streit: Trump droht Budgetblockade an
US-Präsident Donald Trump hat im Streit um die Reglementierung von Online-Diensten wie Twitter und Facebook mit einer Blockade des Verteidigungsbudgets gedroht. Trump auf Twitter, dass er ein Veto gegen den Gesetzesentwurf einlegen würde, sollte darin nicht eine Regel aufgehoben werden, nach der die Dienste nicht für Inhalte haftbar gemacht werden können, die ihre Nutzer online stellen.

Italienern droht zu Weihnachten Ausgangssperre
Die italienische Regierung denkt im Kampf gegen die Corona-Pandemie eine „Ausgangssperre“ für die Italiener zu Weihnachten und Silvester an. Um die Reisefreiheit einzuschränken, sei eine Verordnung in Planung, laut der die Bevölkerung an den beiden Weihnachtstagen sowie zu Silvester ihre Wohngemeinde nicht verlassen dürfen soll, berichteten italienische Medien, die sich auf Regierungskreise bezogen.

Klage gegen Vernichtung von Trumps Schriftverkehr
Mit einer Klage gegen den amtierenden US-Präsidenten Donald Trump wollen Wissenschaftler die Vernichtung von E-Mails, WhatsApp-Nachrichten und anderem Schriftverkehr aus seiner Präsidentenzeit verhindern. In der am Dienstag bei einem Gericht in Washington eingereichten Klage werden dem Amtsinhaber und dem Weißen Haus vorgeworfen, gegen ein Gesetz zum Erhalt jeglicher Korrespondenz des Präsidenten (Presidential Records Act) verstoßen zu haben.

Keine Weihnachtsmärkte, Aus für Punschstände
Keine Weihnachtsmärkte und das Aus für Punschstände: Wie angekündigt, hat die Regierung am Mittwoch in Sachen Lockdown-Verordnung in gewissen Bereichen auch noch einmal nachgeschärft - nicht zuletzt aufgrund der aktuellen Coronavirus-Infektionszahlen, die weiterhin keinen besonderen Anlass zur Freude geben. Ein Ausschankverbot für Alkohol, das den gesamten Take-away-Bereich betrifft, war bereits im Vorfeld bestätigt worden. Auch die Gastronomie muss bis 6. Jänner geschlossen bleiben.

Handel, Schulen öffnen - Weihnachtsfeiern erlaubt!
Die Bundesregierung hat am Mittwoch erste Lockerungen der Corona-Präventions-Maßnahmen bekannt gegeben. Der Lockdown habe bereits Wirkung gezeigt, was Öffnungsschritte möglich mache, erklärte Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). Als erstes sollen mit 7. Dezember die Pflichtschulen und der Handel öffnen. Hotellerie und Gastronomie sowie Kultureinrichtungen bleiben allerdings noch bis Jänner geschlossen. Die wichtigsten Punkte im Überblick.

U-Ausschuss: Manager über Strache-Sager empört
Die Aussage von Heinz-Christian Strache im Ibiza-Video, dass der Glücksspielkonzern Novomatic Spenden an alle österreichischen Parteien leisten würde, sei „völlig haltlos“, erklärte Alexander Merwald am Mittwoch. Der Konzern-Manager musste in der Causa Ibiza-U-Ausschuss aussagen - Novomatic wird dabei von der Opposition der Versuch vorgeworfen, mittels Korruption an Glücksspiellizenzen zu gelangen.

VdB mahnt „Zusammenarbeit aller Kräfte“ ein
Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen hat am Mittwochvormittag Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) und Vizekanzler Werner Kogler (Grüne) getroffen, um über die geplanten Lockerungsschritte nach dem Lockdown und die mittelfristige Strategie der Pandemiebekämpfung zu sprechen. Um aus der Krise „gestärkt hervorzugehen, braucht es jetzt mehr denn je eine gute Zusammenarbeit aller relevanten Kräfte in unserer Gesellschaft“, betonte Van der Bellen.

Leichtfried: „Jeden Tag ein Flugzeugabsturz“
Erneut hat es harsche Kritik seitens der SPÖ hinsichtlich des Corona-Krisenmanagements der Regierung gegeben. Angesichts der hohen Zahl an Neuinfektionen und der „horrenden Sterbezahlen“ erklärte Vizeklubchef Jörg Leichtfried am Mittwoch: „Wir sind Weltmeister im Negativen.“ Zudem verglich die Zahl der täglichen Todesfälle mit dem täglichen „Absturz eines Passagierflugzeugs“ im Land. Kritisiert wurde darüber hinaus die fehlende Einbindung der Opposition in die Vorbereitung der Lockerungsmaßnahmen.

Schon 72.000 Anträge auf Umsatzersatz gestellt
Der Umsatzersatz für die Zeit des Lockdowns kommt sehr gut an. Fast 72.000 Anträge sind gestellt worden, bis Mitte November wurden rund 828 Millionen Euro ausbezahlt. Ein Großteil entfällt auf kleinere und mittlere Unternehmen. „Damit stützen wir das Rückgrat unserer Wirtschaft“, so Finanzminister Gernot Blümel.

Libra heißt jetzt Diem, Bitcoin stürzte wieder ab
Diem statt Libra: Die von Facebook maßgeblich unterstützte Kryptowährung firmiert ab sofort unter neuem Namen, um ihre Unabhängigkeit von dem amerikanischen Internetkonzern zu betonen. Die Umbenennung sei Teil eines Umbaus zu einer einfacheren Struktur, sagte der Vorstandschef der in Genf ansässigen Diem Assocation, Stuart Levey. Der Bitcoin rutschte indes nach einem Rekordhoch wieder deutlich auf 18.100 Dollar ab - kurz nachdem Finanzexperten Kurse von bis zu 300.000 Dollar pro Bitcoin in Aussicht stellten.

Salesforce übernimmt Slack um 28 Milliarden Dollar
Es ist der größte Tech-Deal der Corona-Ära: Der SAP-Konkurrent Salesforce will für fast 28 Milliarden Dollar (23,4 Milliarden Euro) den Bürochat-Anbieter Slack schlucken. Der Software-Konzern wettet damit darauf, dass nach dem Ende der Pandemie mehr als zuvor digital kommuniziert wird.

Home-Office treibt Verkaufszahlen bei Laptops hoch
Die starke Nachfrage nach Notebooks in der Coronakrise hält länger an als erwartet. „Anfang des Jahres sah es nach einem sechs Monate langen Schub für die Branche aus“, betonte Analyst Ryan Reith vom Marktforscher IDC. Nun zeige sich aber, dass der Aufschwung nachhaltiger sei.

Tesla: Musk schließt Fusion mit Rivalen nicht aus
Tesla-Chef Elon Musk schließt ein Zusammengehen des Elektroauto-Anbieters mit traditionsreichen Herstellern aus der Branche nicht grundsätzlich aus. „Wir werden definitiv keinen feindlichen Übernahmeversuch starten“, betonte Musk bei der Verleihung des Axel Springer Awards in Berlin. Aber wenn ein Konkurrent mit einem Vorschlag auf Tesla zukommen sollte, werde man darüber reden.

Forscher entdecken 138 Mio. Jahre alte Bakterien
Wiener Forscher haben in 138 Millionen Jahre alten Haizähnen ebenso alte fossile Bakterien entdeckt. Es handelt sich um Mikroben, die tief in den Zahnschmelz urtümlicher Tiefseehaie eingegraben lebten und deren Hüllen durch chemische Prozesse verändert wurden und so Jahrmillionen überdauert haben.

Taucher entdecken in Ostsee Nazi-Chiffriermaschine
Im Rahmen der Suche nach sogenannten Geisternetzen in der Ostsee haben Forschungstaucher laut Angaben der Umweltschutzorganisation WWF eine Enigma-Chiffriermaschine aus dem 2. Weltkrieg gefunden. Sie diente zum Verschlüsseln von Nachrichten. „Obwohl diese Maschinen damals in sehr hoher Stückzahl produziert wurden, sind sie heute sehr selten und historisch bedeutsam“, teilte der WWF am Dienstagabend mit.

Massentests: Wien pocht auf telefonische Anmeldung
In Wien hat die Anmeldung für die Coronavirus-Massentests begonnen. Seit Mitternacht ist es möglich, sich online dafür zu registrieren - was eine Voraussetzung für eine Teilnahme ist. Eine telefonische Anmeldung gibt es noch nicht. Im Rathaus wird diese Variante nun vom Bund urgiert.

Mädchen kam in Pkw zur Welt: Polizisten als Helfer
Wiener Polizisten haben bei einer Geburt im Auto Hilfe geleistet. Ein werdender Vater (37) wollte am Freitag seine 24-jährige schwangere Frau ins Spital bringen. Wegen stärker werdender Wehen hielt er aber auf der Floridsdorfer Brücke an. Die Beamten wurden auf den Wagen aufmerksam, sicherten die Fahrspur. Eine Polizistin, selbst zweifache Mutter, unterstützte tatkräftig die 24-Jährige.

Nikolaus kommt in die (Kinder-)Gärten
Die Tradition bleibt für die Kleinen - aber heuer nur im Freien.

Aggressive Jugendbande in Haid ausgeforscht
Ermittlungserfolg für die Polizei in Haid: Jene Jugendlichen, die im September eine Frau in einem Lokal in Haid geschlagen und verletzt hatten, konnten ausgeforscht werden.

Rotes Kreuz sagt nun alle externen Ausbildungen ab
Der Kursbetrieb des Roten Kreuzes kommt wegen der Pandemie zum Erliegen.

Tote Babykatzen in Plastiktasche gefunden
Einen schrecklichen Fund haben Gemeindearbeiter bei den Windrädern in der Nähe von Deutschkreutz gemacht. In einem Plastiksackerl wurden mehrere tote Babykatzen entdeckt. Die Jungtiere waren offenbar herzlos „entsorgt“ worden. Die Geschichte wurde jetzt zur Anzeige gebracht. Hinweise an die Polizei erbeten.

Runder Tisch Menschenrechte für offene Schulen
Für ein möglichst rasches Öffnen der Schulen sprechen sich die Experten vom Runden Tisch Menschenrechte der Stadt Salzburg aus. Zudem müssten alle Pandemie-Bekämpfungsmaßnahmen, gerade wenn sie in die Grundrechte von Kindern eingreifen, auf ihre Verhältnismäßigkeit geprüft werden. Schon jetzt seien die negativen Auswirkungen der Krise auf Kinder spürbar.

Gefahr: Fußgänger auf ungeregelten Schutzwegen
Eine Studie des Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit zeigt: Unfälle auf ungeregelten Schutzwegen sind an der Tagesordnung. Jeder zehnte Fahrzeuglenker nimmt Fußgängern vor ungeregelten Schutzwegen den Vorrang. Das bedeutet, dass täglich rund 400.000 Fahrzeuge Fußgänger nicht bevorrangt queren lassen. Zahlreiche Unfälle passieren jedes Jahr auf ungeregelten Schutzwegen.

Innsbruck: Verkehrsregeln für das Testwochenende
Um bei der von 4. bis 6. Dezember stattfindenden Aktion „Innsbruck testet“, möglichst viele Bürger zu erreichen und ein Chaos zu verhindern, sind Ausnahmeregelungen in der Verkehrsführung vorgesehen. Die Stadt Innsbruck appelliert, nach Möglichkeit nicht mit dem eigenen PKW zu kommen und auf alternative Verkehrsmittel (zu Fuß, mit dem Rad, Öffentlicher Verkehr) zurückzugreifen. Jene, die auf das Auto angewiesen sind, müssen keine Parkgebühren zahlen.

Stapel bis unter die Dächer
Alle Jahre wieder: Bei der Post rumort es an Weihnachten. Der Lockdown hat den Online-Handel zusätzlich angeheizt. Die Pakete stapeln sich mittlerweile bis unter die Dächer der Verteilzentren. Die Postler seien komplett am Anschlag, wie einer der Betroffenen der „Krone Vorarlberg“ erzählt hat.