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Czech Republic ends COVID-19 epidemic emergency

The Czech Republic on Thursday ended the epidemic state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic

• May 5, 2022
COVID patient in a ward
COVID patient in a ward

The Czech Republic on Thursday ended the epidemic state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The last remaining measures, such as mandatory masks in health and care facilities, no longer apply as of May 5.

“The incidence is falling and falling,’’ Health Minister Vlastimil Valek said in Prague.

Within seven days, there were 77 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the latest figures.

Health insurers now only pay for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the COVID-19 if they are prescribed by a doctor.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago, 40,194 people have died in the Czech Republic in connection with a COVID-19 infection, according to official figures.

The EU member state has around 10.5 million inhabitants.

(dpa/NAN)

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