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(Reuters) - Lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus have brought an uncanny silence to some of the world's busiest places. Transport hubs that should be teeming with travellers such as New York's Grand Central station or Istanbul's Eminonu ferry docks are all but deserted.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government's coronavirus tsar on Tuesday defended its order for people to wear face masks outside the home, saying they were important to protect others.
Czech authorities are testing a new IT system to quickly trace back the contacts of those infected with coronavirus to curb the spread, a spokeswoman said March 31.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - 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.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government said on Monday it would order most shops and restaurants to stay closed and restrict people's movement until April 11, extending by 10 days measures it has put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
PRAGUE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Researchers in Europe have been converting low-cost snorkel masks into respirators to treat patients or protection for medical workers battling to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has stretched healthcare resources.
PRAGUE/WARSAW (Reuters) - Eastern Europeans with strong memories of authoritarian Communist rule have taken a "been there, done that" attitude to the restrictions on free movement and shortages of some basic goods caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
PRAGUE/MILAN (Reuters) - To prepare for the birth of her first child, Veronika Legat, a 35-year-old Czech lawyer, has cut off contact with her family and friends to avoid getting ill from the coronavirus or even catching a mild cold.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Spiez Lab, a government-run institute in the Swiss mountains, was set up to protect the nation from nuclear, biological and chemical threats. "For a world without weapons of mass destruction," runs its slogan.
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The number of coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic had risen to 1,047 as of Sunday morning, Health Ministry data showed.