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Thousands protest coronavirus restrictions in Czech capital

Nov. 28, 2021 15:15 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands rallied in the Czech capital of Prague on Sunday to protest the government’s restrictive measures to tackle a record surge of coronavirus infections. The protesters included members and supporters of a number of fringe political parties and...

Czech president swears in opposition leader as new premier

Nov. 28, 2021 06:10 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president on Sunday swore in Petr Fiala as the country’s new prime minister following last month’s parliamentary election. Milos Zeman, in a wheelchair, was separated from Fiala and the other officials by transparent panels during the...

Czech infections hit new record high, president going home

Nov. 26, 2021 08:30 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic jumped to a new record high Friday, a surge that hit the country's president and delayed the appointment of the new prime minister. The Health Ministry said the daily tally of new cases hit 27,717 the previous...

Czech President Zeman back in hospital, now with COVID-19

Nov. 25, 2021 14:56 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman was readmitted to hospital late Thursday after he tested positive for COVID-19, just hours after he had been discharged following more than a month’s treatment for an unspecified illness. The presidential office said Zeman...

Czechs protest restrictions on unvaccinated as cases soar

Nov. 22, 2021 15:57 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Protesters marched through the Czech capital of Prague on Monday to decry the government’s restrictions on unvaccinated people as new infections soared in the European Union nation. The protesters, who numbered in the hundreds, demanded “Freedom!”...

Czechs, Slovaks hit virus records, target the unvaccinated

Nov. 17, 2021 14:26 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic and Slovakia both reported record daily new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a day before the two European Union countries plan to approve new restrictions for unvaccinated people in response to rising infections. Thousands in the...

All Czech students to be tested to curb surge in virus cases

Nov. 12, 2021 06:26 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is requiring children to get tested for COVID-19 as part of efforts to curtail a recent steep rise in cases. All elementary and high schools are required to test the country's 1.4 million students in two waves on Nov. 22 and Nov. 29,...

Czech PM, government formally resign after election defeat

Nov. 11, 2021 07:55 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his government have resigned in a formal step required by the Constitution following last month’s parliamentary election. Babis said Thursday he sent the resignation letter to President Milos Zeman. The head of state...

Czech prosecutors want immunity for PM Babis to be lifted

Nov. 10, 2021 07:38 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech prosecutors on Wednesday asked the newly-elected lower house of Parliament to lift Prime Minister Andrej Babis's immunity from prosecution over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies. If the lawmakers give their approval, it would allow the...

Russia beats Switzerland 2-0 to win Billie Jean King Cup

Nov. 06, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia won both singles matches to defeat Switzerland 2-0 in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday to claim the trophy for the fifth time. Liudmila Samsonova rallied to capture the decisive point with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tokyo Olympics...