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While it doesn’t mean the immediate reopening of stores, the Czech Constitutional Court has rescinded the ban on retail stores, declaring it unlawful under the constitution.  A coalition of Czech senators opposing the coronavirus shutdowns convinced judges that the restrictions on businesses were confusing, discriminatory, and needlessly harmful to business owners and entrepreneurs.  They argue that the restrictions are ostensibly being made up as they go along, making it so that business owners and entrepreneurs have no idea whether or not their product or service is banned, or about to be banned. “For example, are pillows and sheets, or a vacuum cleaner, or curtains, or a blender, or dishes or other things like that ‘essential’ for normal household needs? There’sRead more.

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The Czech Republic’s Státní ústav pro kontrolu léčiv (State Institute For Drug Control, or SÚKL), has reported 5 deaths in the country that might stem from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Seznam reports. There have been a total of 729 negative side effects reported, which amounts to about 1.5% of all the people vaccinated so far.  “COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to a large number of people, including people who suffer from serious health problems or comorbidities… As a result, there may be reports of side effects, which may result in death,” the agency reported.  All deaths thought to be in connection with the vaccine get extensively studied by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) to determine influencing factors. Whatever is discovered,Read more.

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Health Minister Jan Blatný is suggesting an approach to surviving COVID-19 without shutting down the entire economy for years on end.  In a statement on Wednesday, Blatný conceded that the anti-epidemic measures have ostensibly been pointless since hardly anyone follows them, and proposed allowing people to make their own individual efforts to protect their own health.  “Blanket measures don’t work if they’re not complied with at an individual level. We think that the solution is a conscious approach by each of us instead of general restrictions… We can set as many strict measures as we want, but if they’re not complied with, then it’s up to all of us to figure out how to be responsible.” “We’re negotiating with theRead more.