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Czech foreign minister fired in government reshuffle

Apr. 12, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Republic’s foreign minister was fired Monday in a government reshuffle less than six months before the parliamentary election. The move came after Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek failed to beat Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who was reelected as...

Czechs partially ease lockdown; kids to return to school

Apr. 07, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Tuesday approved the first easing of its tight lockdown in one of the European Union's hardest-hit countries, allowing at least some children to return to school. “It’s not a full relaxation,” Health Minister Jan Blatny said....

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...

Czech Republic to keep lockdown in place through Easter

Mar. 18, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government said late Thursday it was extending the country’s tight lockdown till after Easter, as infection and death rates remain at high levels. “We’re not in a situation to afford any major changes,” Health Minister Jan Blatny...

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...

The Latest: Governor extends Oregon's state of emergency

Feb. 25, 2021 20:56 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency until May 2 as confirmed COVID-19 cases drop but hundreds of new cases continue to be reported daily. The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 553 new confirmed...

Diplomatic doses: Israel shares vaccines with allied nations

Feb. 23, 2021 15:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — After jumping out to a quick start in its vaccination campaign, Israel announced Tuesday that it has decided to share a small surplus of its coronavirus vaccines with several friendly countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to share...