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Czechs start to ease lockdown, youngest kids back to schools

Apr. 12, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic eases up in the Czech Republic, one of the European Union’s hardest-hit countries took its first steps on Monday toward easing of its tight lockdown. Health experts, however, warned that the relaxation was going too far as...

3rd health minister fired in virus-battered Czech Republic

Apr. 07, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minster Andrej Babis fired his health minister on Wednesday, the third to have been ousted during the pandemic in one of Europe's hardest-hit countries. Jan Blatny was replaced by Petr Arenberger, the director of Prague’s University Hospital...

Tributes paid to Czech billionaire killed in chopper crash

Mar. 29, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Politicians and friends in the Czech Republic have paid tribute to Petr Kellner, the country's richest man, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska. He was 56. Kellner was one of five people, including the pilot, who died in the accident on...

Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims

Mar. 28, 2021 04:39 AM EDT

PELHRIMOV, Czech Republic (AP) — A year after the Czech Republic recorded its first death from the coronavirus, the central European nation paused to remember all the citizens who lost their lives in the pandemic. By the end of the day, the number had surpassed 25,000. ...

Rangers player alleges 'vile racist abuse' by Czech opponent

Mar. 20, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has accused a Slavia Prague opponent of “deliberate and premeditated” racial abuse, dismissing defender Ondřej Kúdela's denial as an “utter lie.” Kamara issued a statement late Friday after UEFA announced...

COVID-19 patients moved abroad as Czech hospitals struggle

Mar. 09, 2021 12:04 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — With record numbers of COVID-19 patients filling up intensive care units in the Czech Republic, the first patient to be moved outside of the country was transported to southern Poland on Tuesday. The 68-year old woman was moved to Raciborz in Poland from...

Czech state orders students to help at struggling hospitals

Mar. 05, 2021 11:56 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is ordering medical and other university and high school students to help out at hospitals struggling to cope the record numbers of COVID-19 patients, the country's health minister said on Friday, as the country faces a new spike in infections. ...

Czechs seek help abroad to treat their COVID-19 patients

Mar. 03, 2021 16:28 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — With hospitals in some parts of the Czech Republic filled up, the country has turned to Germany and other European countries with a request for help. The Czech Republic, one of the hardest-hit European Union countries, has been facing a surge of new cases...

Czechs to impose tighter lockdown amid UK variant surge

Feb. 26, 2021 06:01 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — With new infections soaring due to a highly contagious coronavirus variant and hospitals filling up, one of the hardest-hit countries in the European Union is facing the inevitable: a tighter lockdown. The Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Andrej Babis has...

Heavy snow creates severe traffic disruptions in Germany

Feb. 09, 2021 10:00 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Heavy snowfall in Germany led to more severe traffic disruptions Tuesday, including a 37-kilometer (23 mile) logjam in which hundreds of cars and trucks got stuck on a highway for hours in sub-zero temperatures. Hundreds of vehicles were trapped on the A2...