Jan Lopatka

Czech President Zeman returns to hospital after positive COVID test

Nov 25 2021

PRAGUE (Reuters) -Czech President Milos Zeman was taken back to hospital on Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus, his office said, just hours after his release following more than six weeks of treatment for an unrelated condition.

Czechs order bars and restaurants shut early, president taken to hospital with COVID

Nov 25 2021

PRAGUE (Reuters) -The Czech government on Thursday ordered bars and clubs to close at 10 p.m. and banned Christmas markets in an attempt to stem one of the world's highest coronavirus infection rates.

Czech Republic and Slovakia tighten COVID-19 curbs for unvaccinated

Nov 18 2021

PRAGUE The Czech Republic and Slovakia tightened restrictions on people who have not had COVID-19 shots on Wednesday to try to encourage more to get vaccinated and ease the burden on hospitals.

Czechs to bar unvaccinated from public events as COVID cases hit record

Nov 17 2021

PRAGUE The Czech Republic will ban people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 from access to public events and services from Monday, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday, and negative tests will no longer be recognised.

Slovakia plans curbs on those unvaccinated for COVID-19 as hospitals fill up

Nov 16 2021

PRAGUE (Reuters) -Slovakia's hospitals are in a critical situation dealing with a surge in coronavirus infections and the government will approve measures on Thursday to limit access to services for unvaccinated people, Prime Minister Eduard Heger said.

Five Czech parties sign deal to form government, oust Babis

Nov 08 2021

PRAGUE (Reuters) -The Czech Republic's prospective new centre-right prime minister promised rapid change on Monday, after reaching an agreement among a coalition of five parties to form a government and oust Prime Minister Andrej Babis following an election last month.

Hospitalised Czech president expects to name opposition head as PM

Nov 05 2021

PRAGUE (Reuters) -Hospitalised Czech President Milos Zeman expects to appoint opposition leader Petr Fiala as prime minister, he said in his first public remarks since the central European country's parliamentary election last month.

UPDATE 3-Czech central bank stuns with another huge rate hike to fight inflation

Nov 04 2021

* New bank forecasts see higher CPI, lower growth (Updates after governor's news conference)

INTERVIEW-Czech central banker sees debate on beefy rate hike next week

Oct 26 2021

PRAGUE, Oct 26 A tight labour market, high core inflation, loose fiscal policy and a weaker exchange rate will make Czech central bankers consider a 50 to 75 basis-point interest rate increase when they meet next week after a 75-point rise last month, Deputy Governor Tomas Nidetzky said.

Czech police investigate aides' silence on president's health

Oct 19 2021

PRAGUE (Reuters) -Czech police opened an investigation on Tuesday into whether senior aides to President Milos Zeman committed a crime by not telling the public or top officials that he is too ill to work.

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