PRAGUE, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Monday.

ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 2 hours) =========================ECONOMIC DATA========================== Real-time economic data releases…………….. Previous stories on Czech data…………. **For a schedule of corporate and economic events: website =========================NEWS/EVENTS============================ COVID-19 STATISTICS: The Czech Republic reported 5,059 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases detected since March to 173,885, a rise of over 100,000 in October alone.

Deaths have climbed to 1,422, up from 698 on Oct. 1. The number of hospitalisations has risen to 3,519, and those in intensive care number 587. website CENTRAL BANK’S BENDA: The Czech central bank is likely to be able to maintain rate stability even as a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic slows the economic recovery, 우리카지노사이트 board member Vojtech Benda was quoted as saying.

CENTRAL BANK’S NIDETZKY: Czech central bank monetary policy is likely to stay loose for the next year to support the economy and interest rate stability is the most likely scenario, Vice-Governor Tomas Nidetzky was quoted as saying on Monday. CORONAVIRUS MEASURES: The Czech Republic, which has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Europe, will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to order a full lockdown to stem its epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlicek said on Sunday.

The Czech Fire Rescue Service said it had sent a formal request through European Union channels for ventilators. In Prague, 우리카지노주소 more than 2,000 sports fans according to city hall estimates, including militant soccer supporters‘ groups known as ultras, protested against the coronavirus measures, defying restrictions on gatherings.

Police used water cannon and tear gas amid clashes. HOSPITALS: The Czech healthcare system faces a difficult few weeks ahead but is not threatened by collapse, health officials said on Friday after another record one-day increase in COVID-19 cases, extending the biggest surge in new infections in Europe.

SLOVAKIA: The Slovak government on Sunday approved plans to use up to 8,000 armed forces personnel to support mass testing of the population for COVID-19 as it battles a surge of infections. The country of 5.5 million wants to test people over the age of 10 over two weekends from Oct.

30 using so-called antigen tests, although it is still undecided whether the tests will be mandatory. LOAN PROGRAM: The Czech government on Friday approved an extension to a $6.5 billion loan guarantee programme for companies hurt by the coronavirus crisis, alongside other measures to aid businesses struggling in the latest COVID-19 wave.

DEBT: The Czech Republic’s gross central government debt dropped slightly on the quarter to 2.072 trillion crowns ($89.15 billion) at the end of September, the Finance Ministry said on Friday, showing an easing of issuance after a record first half. CEE MARKETS: Most Central European currencies eased further on Friday at the end of a week of steep losses as countries in the region passed COVID-19 milestones of deaths and new cases nearly every day, which unnerved investors.

========================PRESS DIGEST========================== POLLS: Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s ruling ANO party saw its support in a Kantar CZ poll fall to its lowest since 2017. ANO sits in the lead at 24.5%, 우리카지노총판 ahead of the Pirates party at 19%. ANO’s coalition partner the Social Democrats were below the 5% threshold.

Lidove Noviny, 우리카지노쿠폰 page 3 HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Industry Minister Karel Havlicek said the government did not want to close shooping centres or stores in the pre-Christmas period but would set restrictions affecting distancing and hygiene. Pravo, page 2 MINISTER TESTS POSITIVE: Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman is the first government minister to test positive for COVID-19.

website REMDESIVIR: The government ordered 10,000 doses of Remdesivir for 200 million crowns ($8.60 million) last week. website (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for their accuracy.) Prague Newsroom: +420 234 721 617 E-mail: prague.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com ($1 = 23.2550 Czech crowns) (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)