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Czech government seeks state of emergency extension until May 25 - CTK news agency

People keep social distance while waiting in line to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a part of a study about undetected infections with the coronavirus in the population in Prague, Czech Republic, April 23, 2020. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government will ask the lower house of parliament to extend state of emergency until May 25 to help fight the new coronavirus epidemic, news agency CTK said on Thursday.

The state of emergency, set to expire on April 30, gives the government powers to limit people’s movement or close businesses.

The government said earlier on Thursday it planned relaxing most restrictions between now and May 25.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Sandra Maler