While Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world, the US is being hit particularly hard and rapidly approaching 125,000 fatalities. But right here in the Czech Republic the numbers are on the rise again – though only in a certain region.
The announcement that the daily number of new coronavirus cases reached its highest point since April 8th was a sobering reminder that, despite the government continuing to relax restrictions, the battle to contain the virus is still far from over.
On the 28th, the Health Ministry announced 260 new cases – triple the previous days announcement of 93 new cases. This brings the total number of cases (as of this writing) to 11,603. While that number is high, comparatively, the country has managed to handle the situation fairly well with only 348 fatalities.
Nearly half of the new cases announced on the 28th came from the Karvina region in the East where a hotspot has been identified among miners. Health Minister Adam Vojtech released the following statement: “We are conducting rather massive testing in the most affected region, Karvina, and it is mainly about OKD (a mining company). It is not a question of a blanket rise across the whole country.”
Due to these hotspots, restrictions in the Karvina region will now be reinstated… but restrictions in Prague have been nearly completely relaxed with groups of up to 1000 people now allowed at events while trade fairs, pools, zoos, museums, and castles are also open again with no limitation on guest numbers.
The final relaxation of restrictions will arrive this Wednesday July 1st when the wearing of masks in restaurants, shops, on trams and on buses will no longer be mandatory (the metro is the lone exception).
Knowing that the US is seeing massive spikes in a wide variety (and wide geographic spread) of states from California to Florida, how are you feeling about Prague relaxing these measures at this point? Will you continue to wear your mask on public transport if you don’t have to? What about returning to shops or restaurants?
Let us know in the comments.