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Google published its annual “Year in Search”, revealing the top global Google searches by country. To highlight the most significant events and say goodbye to 2020, we collected the top searches in some of the neighboring Central European countries: in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Slovakia. Czech Republic Coronavirus – the most obvious search trend this year among Czechs was the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic. The interest in novel coronavirus peaked between 8th-21st March in the Czech Republic when the search interest was valued at 100. US election – Czechs were surprisingly interested in the US election, which took place on November 3rd and ended with the victory of the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Similarly, the most searchedRead more.

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The mutated form of COVID-19 was detected in the UK and alarmed citizens of the affected countries. The Czech National Reference Laboratory reported that they found this form of COVID-19 in Czech patients back at the beginning of fall, but there is no reason to panic. The new form of the virus underwent around 23 mutations with the most significant ones happening in the spike protein, where the H69/V70 deletion occurred, according to the report by COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium. It could explain why several Czech patients were re-infected with COVID-19 despite the reports that re-infection is unlikely. Furthermore, it can potentially explain why the virus is spreading quicker. “New variants of coronavirus are appearing independently of each other inRead more.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is located in a magnificent, charming baroque Černín Palace. Yet, it might surprise you that the stories this palace hides are worthy of the creepiest Halloween night. As you might guess, the Černín Palace was not always a governmental building. Throughout the 17th- 19th centuries, it belonged to a wealthy, nobel Černín family. Count Černín was dedicated to building the largest palace in the country and the works were finished in 1723 with almost all significant sculptors and artists contributing to the design in some way. To name a few, Giovanni Maderna, Francesco Peri and Antonio Travelli all acted as plasters. The ghost stories followed the construction along the way withRead more.