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The cobblestones of Old Town Square have been painted with nearly 25 thousand white crosses in memory of the people who have died from COVID-19. They make their mark exactly one year since the first person was infected by the disease. The commemoration was organized by the Million Moments for Democracy Association. Benjamin Roll, president of the activist group, announced on Twitter that the crosses represent the people who died “needlessly,” because of carelessness on behalf of the government. “Many of them died needlessly. The fault lies on the government for these wasted lives, which prioritizes its business over its citizens. The government can’t be held responsible for COVID-19, but it can be for needlessly wasted lives,” he said. TheRead more.

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In an open letter to prime minister Andrej Babiš, Czech violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl says that culture in the Czech Republic has reached all-time lows.  “Culture has basically ceased to exist. I’m not even referring to the fact that there can’t be any concerts, theaters, or exhibition halls, etc. I just mean there’s a state where there is no talk of culture… I don’t even remember seeing or hearing the Minister of Culture talking about culture and the need to preserve it, there’s no psychological and financial support for artists, the government doesn’t care about its importance… Only normal people, the consumer, miss the concerts and theatre performances and cinemas.”  Šporcl asserts that while e-celebs and influencers have done wellRead more.

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The government doesn’t expect to ease the COVID-19 related restrictions soon. The relaxation of the measures won’t happen until the Easter holidays, according to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Trade, Karel Havlíček. Stores, gyms, and other businesses will stay closed even after the Easter holidays. The Minister of Health, Jan Blatný, added that after the end of the current state of emergency, the government might allow more movement for sports activities.  This Monday, the government plans to discuss the new rule which will require compulsory testing of employees in small companies twice a week. Currently, companies with more than 49 workers are required to be tested weekly. “We are considering that the mandatory testing will happen twiceRead more.