After being closed for a few months, schools, libraries and some shops in the Czech Republic opened. The six-month state of emergency expired at midnight, so restrictions on movement were lifted, including curfews and unnecessary travel bans in the country.
Kindergarten students and students from grades 1 to 5 return to the classroom, most of which rotate once a week. Students will be tested twice a week.
The Ministry of Health recorded 976 new infections, the lowest level since September. The seven-day average dropped from 12,000 points in early March to below 4,000 points, but it is still large compared to most European countries.
Many Czechs are tired of the lengthy imprisonment and changes in government policy. The government has previously claimed that it has relaxed measures prematurely.
Last week, the government announced the end of the state of emergency, which meant that the ban on convening two or more people would be lifted, allowing up to 10 people to gather indoors and up to 20 people in the open air. However, after a group of experts opposed this measure, the fourth new health minister since September said at the weekend that it would not change, which triggered many criticisms and legal challenges.
Despite the state ban, many Czechs still gather and consume alcohol outdoors. Non-essential shops, restaurants, sports and entertainment centers have been closed since October, but opened briefly in December. The zoo opened for the first time since December.
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, in this 10.7 million country, 1.68 million cases of infection have been confirmed and the death toll is close to 28,000.
The death toll per capita in the Czech Republic is the highest in the world. In terms of population vaccination, the Czech Republic is one of the slowest countries in the European Union. So far, 2.09 million doses of the vaccine have been injected, and 1.37 million people have been injected with at least one dose.