The Czech Republic on Friday had its lowest daily COVID-19 case increase since late September.
There were 2,587 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of known cases the country has had to 1,618,068.
The number of people hospitalized with Covid has also dropped and is now at 3,466, of which 765 are in a serious condition. The overall Covid-related death toll is now close to 29,000.
All shops, markets, and selected services will reopen on Monday, May 3, if Covid-19 numbers continue to fall, said the Minister of Trade and Industry Karel Havlíček (ANO).
In regions where the number of newly confirmed cases is below 100 per 100,000, museums, monuments and galleries will also be allowed to open, though without group tours.
This currently applies to the Karlovy Vary, Hradec Králové, and Plzeň regions, where kindergartens will reopen normally on April 26th, without masks or testing.
Another phase including opening restaurant terraces, outdoor performances, hotels and allowing outdoor sports in groups – all with capacity limits – could happen when the infection rate falls below 75 per 100,000.
In an initial easing of restrictions, first- to fifth-graders returned to classrooms while libraries and a limited amount of retail shops opened on April 12.
All those who registered for COVID-19 vaccination in Czechia could get vaccinated by the end of August at the latest, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday, adding that 5.6 million citizens could get their jabs by the end of June.
In addition, a vaccination strategy for 2022 and 2023 is already in the making, he said.