The Corona virus no longer poses a threat to human health only, but also to border relations between neighboring countries. Because of Corona, the Polish army mistakenly invaded Czech territory late last month.

A "misunderstanding" occurred when Polish soldiers crossed into the Czech Republic while guarding parts of the border, amid closures imposed by the pandemic of coronavirus.

CNN reported that the soldiers then began to remove the Czech citizens from a church on their lands they were trying to visit.

The Czech Foreign Ministry said that Poland did not explain the error officially, but "assured us that it happened informally and that the incident was merely a misunderstanding caused by the Polish army without hostile intention."

A spokesman for the Czech government, who did not disclose the duration of the occupation, said: "Polish soldiers are no longer present on our lands, and our citizens can freely visit the site again."

The accident occurred near Bilgrismo, a small border village in southern Poland located opposite a short stretch of low-density Czech countryside, and near a quiet road that marks the border point between the two countries.

"The occupation of the border site was a result of misunderstanding, not an intentional act, it was immediately corrected and the issue was resolved - also by the Czech side," the Polish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Polish government has not confirmed how long its soldiers will be in the Czech Republic.

The borders between European Union countries are often invisible, as citizens enjoy freedom of movement across the European bloc.

But the coronary virus pandemic complicated this long-term arrangement, as countries closed their borders without foreigners entering to control the spread of the virus. Poland has prevented people from entering the country since March.

Poland has entered into a number of border conflicts with former Czechoslovakia during the twentieth century.

The two countries fought a seven-day war on the Silesian region in 1919, and Poland annexed a region around the city of Bohumin in 1938.

On Saturday, Poland reopened its borders with the Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia for the first time in three months after initially closing in mid-March in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Tight controls remain on entry at its borders with Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

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