PRAGUE, April 24 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Friday. ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 2 hours) =========================ECONOMIC DATA========================== Real-time economic data releases................. Previous stories on Czech data............. **For a schedule of corporate and economic events: here ===========================NEWS/EVENTS========================== CORONAVIRUS CASES: The Czech Republic had 7,188 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection by the end of Thursday. So far 2,186 people have recovered from the Covid-19 illness and 213 people have died. here FASTER REOPENING: 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. VIRUS STUDY: Czechs flocked to screening centres on Thursday in a project to test 27,000 people for coronavirus antibodies to gauge how far the infection has spread and help decide how rapidly to ease the country's lockdown. CENTRAL BANK: Czech central bank Vice-Governor Tomas Nidetzky expects the economy to experience an initial sharp downturn in economic output followed by a gradual recovery, he said in a podcast posted on the bank's website on Thursday. "The scenario that is closest to me describes the economic development in the shape of the Nike logo - certainly there will be some steep drop at the beginning and then gradual growth and return to normal," he said. CEE MARKETS: Central Europe's currencies gained on Thursday, reversing some recent losses as stimulus hopes bucked up markets, although Hungary's forint remained under pressure. ========================= PRESS DIGEST ========================= AIRPORT: State-owned Prague Airport will let go 450 people, or 15.5% of all staff, in May. Lidove Noviny, page 12 RENTS: The government imposed a moratorium on raising residential rent for as long as special measures against the coronavirus spread are in place. Mlada Fronta Dnes, page 11 CEZ: Shareholders at European Metals Holding (EMH) approved CEZ buying a majority stake the Cinovec lithium project. Mlada Fronta Dnes, page 11 (Reuters has not verified the stories, nor does it vouch for their accuracy.) Prague Newsroom: +420 234 721 617 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)
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