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Czech Republic: Country in Central Europe
The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Austria to the south, Germany to the west, Poland to the northeast and Slovakia to the southeast. The Czech Republic has hilly landscape that covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.7 million inhabitants. Its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents; other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen.

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Athletics returns with 'Back on the Track' meeting in Czech Republic [Video]

Athletics returns with 'Back on the Track' meeting in Czech Republic

Two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova began her season with victory in the women's javelin.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 03:12Published
It's weird playing without fans, says Kvitova [Video]

It's weird playing without fans, says Kvitova

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova gives Reuters her thoughts after winning an All-Czech exhibition tournament under coronavirus safety rules.

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Dressed for French Open, Kvitova wins all-Czech crown [Video]

Dressed for French Open, Kvitova wins all-Czech crown

Petra Kvitova beats Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-3 in final as sports slowly start to return from coronavirus shutdown.

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Kvitova wins at all-Czech tennis tournament under strict social-distancing measures [Video]

Kvitova wins at all-Czech tennis tournament under strict social-distancing measures

Petra Kvitova easily advances in an all-Czech tournament in Prague on Tuesday beating Barbora Krejcikova 7-6(3) 6-2.

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Petra Kvitova ready for return headlining all-Czech tournament [Video]

Petra Kvitova ready for return headlining all-Czech tournament

Two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is happy to finally play tennis again for fans - even if they can only watch from television.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 04:29Published
First outing for newborn baby Asian elephants at Prague Zoo [Video]

First outing for newborn baby Asian elephants at Prague Zoo

Visitors to Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic watched as two baby Asian elephants explored an outdoor enclosure with their mothers on Wednesday (May 13).

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Coronavirus live: France takes first steps out of lockdown, other countries ease constraints [Video]

Coronavirus live: France takes first steps out of lockdown, other countries ease constraints

Spain, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Switzerland and Ukraine are also lifting some restrictions from Monday - but constraints remain in the UK for now. View on euronews

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Sport - On this day: Born May 3, 1942: Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnast [Video]

Sport - On this day: Born May 3, 1942: Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnast

Sport - On this day: Born May 3, 1942: Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnast

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Children in lockdown draw what they miss most [Video]

Children in lockdown draw what they miss most

Children confined to their homes under lockdown are drawing what they miss most - friends at school, grandparents, football and green open spaces.

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EU unveils road map to exit coronavirus restrictions [Video]

EU unveils road map to exit coronavirus restrictions

The European Union has moved to head off a potentially disastrous easing of restrictions that are limiting the spread of coronavirus, warning its 27 nations to move cautiously as they return to normal..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published
Czech toys don masks to help medics tackle coronavirus [Video]

Czech toys don masks to help medics tackle coronavirus

A popular line of toy figures in the Czech Republic have begun wearing face masks along with the rest of the country to raise funds to buy equipment for medical staff fighting the novel coronavirus.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Czech Republic, Slovakia to fully reopen mutual border from midnight: agency

Czech Republic and Slovakia will fully restore free movement between the two central European neighbours from midnight, the two countries' prime ministers said on Wednesday.
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Czechs to open foreign travel in line with countries' virus risk

The Czech Republic said on Monday it would open up foreign travel from June 15 after introducing a system to classify other countries according to their coronavirus risk.
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Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic to mutually open borders

Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will open their borders to each others' citizens from midnight on Tuesday, with some conditions, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a statement.
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Czech coronavirus cases show biggest rise in four weeks, death toll passes 300

The Czech Republic reported on Tuesday its biggest daily rise in new coronavirus cases in four weeks, at a time when it is relaxing most of its restrictions on business and movement.
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Czechs may allow easy travel to and from coronavirus-safe countries from June 8

The Czech Republic is planning to ease travel between the central European country and other countries deemed safe from risks of coronavirus from June 8, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Monday.
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Germany calls on Poland, Czech Republic to open borders soon

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Saturday called on Poland and the Czech Republic to fully open their borders soon to enable the free flow of people and goods.
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Austrian borders with Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to reopen June 15

Austria's borders with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary will fully reopen on June 15, the interior ministry said on Saturday, extending an easing of border controls to its eastern neighbours..
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Czechs to take major steps to relax virus restrictions

The Czech Republic will take major steps to relax its coronavirus lockdown measures from May 25, opening restaurants, hotels and pools and allowing gatherings of hundreds of people, health officials..
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Czech PM Babis says borders with Austria, Slovakia could reopen in June

The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria could open their mutual borders as soon as June 8, allowing residents of the three countries to travel between them, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on..
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Czech population's coronavirus immunity slow to build, study shows

Immunity to the novel coronavirus is building up very slowly in the Czech Republic, with no more than 4-5% of the population likely to be covered, the health ministry said on Wednesday, after mass..
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Czechs ease more travel bans, add help for coronavirus-hit firms

The Czech Republic will lift a ban on international bus and train travel from May 11 as the government on Monday rolled back more of its measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak and added aid to..
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No popcorn at movies as Czechs prepare to reopen cinemas and other businesses

The Czech Republic outlined rules on Friday for cinemas, hairdressers and other businesses to re-open on May 11 that include a food and drink ban at the movies as the country eases restrictions aimed..
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Czechs say coronavirus spread contained, to carefully reopen

The spread of the novel coronavirus has been contained in the Czech Republic and the government will continue to cautiously open up the economy, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Thursday.
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Prague district mayor says he is under police protection against Russian threat

The mayor of one of the Czech capital's districts said on Tuesday he had been put under police protection due to a threat that a Russian man had been sent to kill him, escalating a row between Prague..
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Czech parliament backs short emergency extension as lockdown seen ending early

The lower house of the Czech parliament voted on Tuesday to extend a state of emergency until May 17, a week less than the government had sought, as the country charts a course to emerge from a..
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Czech parliament approves state of emergency until May 17, shorter than government sought

The lower house of the Czech parliament on Tuesday extended until May 17 the state of emergency that underpins the government's main measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a shorter extension..
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Czechs report six-week low in daily rise of new coronavirus cases

The Czech Republic has reported its lowest daily rise in new coronavirus cases in more than six weeks as it eases out of a lockdown imposed to curb the spread of infection.
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Jaishankar, Czech Republic FM exchange views on response to coronavirus outbreak

Continuing interactions with his counterparts from various countries, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar exchanged views on response to coronavirus pandemic with Foreign Minister of Czech Republic,..
IndiaTimes - Published

Czechs lift ban on movement and travel, speed up reopening shops as new COVID-19 cases slow

The Czech Republic eased restrictions on Thursday aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus after a drop in new cases sparked optimism the outbreak had so far been brought under control.
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Czech government aiming to reopen locked-down shops, restaurants faster

The Czech Republic will move forward plans to ease its coronavirus lockdown by two weeks to get most businesses and restaurants operating again by May 25, Industry Minister Karel Havlicek said on..
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Czechs to test 27,000 people to gauge coronavirus antibodies

The Czech Republic will test 27,000 people for coronavirus antibodies to gain information on how many came into contact with the infection, officials said on Tuesday.
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Czech markets, dog salons back in business as cautious reopening begins

Farmers markets, craft shops, car dealerships and dog grooming salons opened in the Czech Republic on Monday, another step towards a return to normal life as the government grows more confident the..
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Czech hospitals report cyberattacks day after national watchdog's warning

Two hospitals in the Czech Republic reported attempted attacks on their computer systems on Friday, a day after the national cybersecurity watchdog said it expected a wave of cyberattacks on the..
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Czechs to lift coronavirus lockdown on shops, restaurants over next two months

The Czech government will allow stores and restaurants to reopen gradually over the next two months to reawaken an economy paralysed by the coronavirus lockdown, officials said on Tuesday.
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Czech government present gradual plan to open shops, services by June 8

The Czech government has approved a plan to gradually open stores and restaurants between April 20 and June 8, according to a government presentation on Tuesday signalling the restart of an economy in..
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Russia launches criminal investigation after Prague removes Soviet military statue

Russia said on Friday it had opened a criminal investigation after Czech authorities dismantled the statue of a Soviet military commander last week despite Moscow's protests, escalating a rancorous..
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Russia tells Czechs to hand over dismantled statue of Soviet commander

Russia has told the Czech Republic to hand over the statue of a prominent Soviet military commander that was dismantled in Prague last week despite Moscow's protests, escalating a rancorous diplomatic..
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Czechs hope targeted 'smart quarantine' plan will let them lift blanket restrictions

The Czech Republic is planning to roll out a system of quickly tracking and isolating contacts of people with coronavirus to eventually allow the lifting of blanket restrictions that are slowing the..
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Czech coronavirus cases top 5,000 but growth slows

The number of cases of the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic has risen past 5,000, although a slower growth rate allowed the health minister to say he was confident the state had prevented an..
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Czechs to start easing restrictions as coronavirus infections slow

The Czech government agreed on Monday to relax some lockdown measures that have stifled the economy as growth of new coronavirus infections has been levelling off in recent days, officials said.
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Czech Republic to treat six French COVID-19 patients

The Czech Republic will treat six COVID-19 patients from France at a university hospital in its second largest city Brno to help alleviate pressure on the French medical system, Prime Minister Andrej..
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Czech PM - life may get back to normal by June

The Czech government does not plan further restrictions to curb coronavirus but life in the country may only get back to normal in late May or June if the situation is under control, Prime Minister..
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Top EU court says eastern states broke law by refusing to host refugees

The European Union's top court ruled on Thursday that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU law by refusing to host their assigned share of refugees to ease the burden on southern peers like..
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Czech Republic's coronavirus infections top 3,000

The tally of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic has exceeded 3,000, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, after recording 184 new cases the previous day.
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Czech Cabinet maintaining ban on restaurants, movement for longer

The Czech government is extending measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak by keeping most shops and restaurants closed and limiting people's movements until April 11, its press office said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Slovakia to limit some truck transit due to border jams

Slovakia is closing border crossings with Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria for the transit of trucks over 7.5 tons delivering non-essential goods, the police said on Friday.
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Czech parliament approves coronavirus emergency aid package

The Czech parliament's lower chamber approved a package of emergency government measures on Tuesday that included temporary tax relief for self-employed workers as the government seeks to ease the..
Reuters - Published

Czech Republic restricts movement of people to fight coronavirus spread

The Czech Republic tightened restrictions on Monday to combat the new coronavirus outbreak, banning people from moving around except for work, shopping and some other limited activities until March 24.
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Czech Prime Minister eyes nationwide quarantine, expects rise in coronavirus cases

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Sunday the government would likely declare a quarantine for the entire country to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
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Czech Prime Minister says nationwide quarantine likely

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the government would likely declare a quarantine for the entire country to fight the coronavirus outbreak, he told a television interview on Sunday.
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Czech pubs prepare to turn off taps early to contain coronavirus

Czech pubs prepared to turn off the taps early on Friday for the world's biggest beer drinkers after the government declared a 30-day state of emergency in an attempt to contain the coronavirus..
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Czech government bans most travel in and out of country to fight coronavirus

The Czech government has imposed a ban on foreigners entering the country and Czechs traveling abroad as of Monday as it tries to curb the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on..
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Czechs shut borders to travelers from 15 countries

The Czech Republic will close its borders to travelers crossing from Germany and Austria and also ban the entry of foreigners coming from other risky countries to contain the coronavirus outbreak,..
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Czechs to start checks on German, Austrian borders: interior minister

The Czech Republic is introducing controls on its borders with Germany and Austria and banning crossings away from official frontier border posts to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, Interior..
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Merkel's comment on virus infecting most people can cause panic: Czech PM quoted

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comment that 60% of the population will be infected by the coronavirus may cause panic, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said, news agency CTK reported on Wednesday.
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Czech Republic closing schools, banning events to fight coronavirus spread

The Czech Republic will suspend schools other than universities from Wednesday, and ban events hosting more than 100 people, as the government steps up measures to contain the spread of the new..
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Czech prime minister says China's ambassador should be replaced

China should replace its ambassador in the Czech Republic after the Chinese embassy sent a threatening letter to Czech authorities, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said, a position that may further strain..
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