Jiri Skacel

Czechs tighten COVID lockdown, seek more tests for factory workers

12:15pm EST

PRAGUE The Czech Republic, battling the world's worst surge in COVID-19 infections, deployed more police officers and soldiers on Monday to help enforce new lockdown measures that seek to confine people mostly to their home districts.

Day-trippers brought skis, sleds, and COVID to Czech mountains, mayor says

Jan 25 2021

MODRAVA, Czech Republic Czechs flocking to escape coronavirus restrictions with a day's cross-country skiing, sledding or snow-shoeing in a national park have brought a surge of Covid infections to a tiny village, a local official said.

Czech crematorium can't cope amid COVID-19 surge, hospitals filling up

Jan 08 2021

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic Staff at the crematorium in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava are working around the clock to cope with the number of bodies they have taken in during December, a sign of the surging number of coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths across the country.

Before Christmas, German crematorium struggles with COVID-19 deaths

Dec 23 2020

MEISSEN, Germany A German crematorium in the eastern state of Saxony, which has been hit hard by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, is struggling to keep up with the number of people who have died from COVID-19 just before Christmas.

Czech volunteers heed call to aid hospitals strained by COVID-19

Nov 02 2020

PRAGUE Medical students, retired nurses, volunteers and Prague's mayor have heeded a call to help Czech hospitals battle one of Europe's highest coronavirus infection rates that is straining the healthcare system.

Czechs in COVID quarantine head to drive-in polling stations for regional vote

Sep 30 2020

BEROUN, Czech Republic Thousands of Czechs quarantining at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic were allowed to vote at drive-in polling stations on Wednesday in a regional and upper house election which comes amid a surge in infections in the country.

Czech markets, dog salons back in business as cautious reopening begins

Apr 20 2020

PRAGUE 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 coronavirus pandemic is under control.

Eight killed in blaze at Czech home for disabled

Jan 19 2020

VEJPRTY, Czech Republic A fire in a home for people with disabilities killed eight people and injured 30 in northwest Czech Republic early on Sunday, fire and state officials said.

Ex-soldier admits contract killing of Slovak journalist

Jan 13 2020

PEZINOK, Slovakia A former soldier admitted in court on Monday killing a Slovakian journalist whose murder two years ago led to anti-corruption protests that brought down the government of long-time prime minister Robert Fico.

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