Top Czech News Headlines: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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  • Reinforced Czech police patrols found another 31 illegal migrants from the Middle East in a van on a border crossing with Slovakia on Friday, police spokesman Petr Jaros told journalists. The van with a Czech licence plate was driven by a man, 35, who may be sentenced up to five years in prison if convicted.

  • Czechia saw fewer people who drink alcohol daily or once or every other day in 2020 and 2021 and the average amount of consumed alcohol per capita dropped as well, a report by the National Institute of Public Health (SZU) shows today. Nevertheless, one in six Czechs over 15 drank every other day or more frequently, the report reads.

  • The Czech Telecommunication Office (ČTÚ) has prepared a proposal to regulate the Czech mobile phone market. In its analysis, the regulator argues that retailer mobile service prices, especially when it comes to mobile data, is disproportionately higher than the EU average.

  • The Czech Republic’s main public health insurance company, VZP, expects that the influx of 350,000 Ukrainian refugees could raise this year’s expenditures on care by around CZK 6.9 billion.

  • Tomáš Zima, the former rector of Charles University, has told daily Deník that he intends to run for the office of Czech President. The statement was made in an interview which is set to be published on Friday.

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