Czech Republic starts easing tight lockdown

Volunteers attend a one-day training organized by Czech Red Cross, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has taken its first steps toward easing a tight lockdown.

Czechs are allowed to travel to other counties and a night-time curfew has ended.

Children up to the fifth grade returned to school Monday under strict conditions. All have to wear face masks and be tested twice a week.

The day-to-day increase in new cases reached 976 Sunday. It’s the first time the new cases dropped to under 1,000 since Sept 20.

Despite the decline, the 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants was at 808.75 the fourth highest in the EU, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The nation of 10.7 million has 1.58 million confirmed cases with over 27,918 deaths.

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