5 Things First: The Top Czech and World News Headlines

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  • Four antigens and two PCR tests for coronavirus per month will continue to be covered by health insurance throughout October and possibly for longer. The cost to health insurance companies has been estimated at about two billion crowns a month.

  • Travel to the Czech Republic from France, Spain, the Netherlands and Monaco, will be easier as of Monday when these countries will turn orange on the Health Ministry’s travel map. Passengers from orange states who are not fully vaccinated must fill in an arrival form and be tested before entering the Czech Republic or undergo an antigen or PCR test no later than five days after arrival.

  • The Czech Telecommunication Office is going to regulate the mobile data market next year because it has found limited competition in it. It therefore intends to impose an obligation on O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone to allow virtual operators access to their wholesale mobile services at a regulated price.


  • Switzerland voted by a wide margin to allow same-sex couples to marry in a referendum on Sunday, bringing the Alpine nation into line with many others in western Europe. Official results showed the measure passed with 64.1% of voters in favor and won a majority in all of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, or states.

  • Iceland has voted more women than men into its parliament, a first in Europe, in a national election that saw the ruling left-right coalition strengthen its majority, final results showed on Sunday. Thirty-three women were voted into the 63-seat parliament in Saturday’s election, up from 24 in the last election.

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