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Czech Republic coronavirus updates, June 2: just 34 new cases Monday, travel opened from June 15

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic continues a downward trend

The Czech Republic reported only 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, continuing a downward trend of new instances of coronavirus in the country over the past week, according to the latest data published by the Czech Health Ministry this morning.

Monday’s number follows 34 new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday and 38 on Sunday. However, a significantly higher number of tests were conducted on Monday: 5,091 compared to 3,506 on Saturday and only 2,105 on Sunday.

The ratio of new cases to tests conducted fell to .67% yesterday after a ten-day high of 1.81% on Sunday.

One new death was reported on Monday, the first since May 28 and the third since May 25. The number of recoveries also rose by one according to this morning’s data.

In total, there have now been 9,308 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Czech Republic since the outbreak began in mid-March.

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There has been a total of 321 deaths and 6,642 recoveries, meaning the number of people currently known to be infected with COVID-19 in the Czech Republic is 2,345.

447,957 tests have been conducted since the start of the outbreak, and 126 patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in hospitals.

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Yesterday, Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced new recommendations for residents of the Czech Republic seeking to travel abroad from June 15.

From June 15, the Czech Republic will allow residents to travel without restrictions or the need for a negative COVID-19 test to 19 “safe” countries that include Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Croatia, Iceland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Poland, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

The same will be allowed for Czech residents returning from trips to “medium-risk” countries including Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.

Vojtěch noted, however, that while these are official recommendations from the Czech side, some restrictions may still apply in the destination countries.

The Czech Republic will continue to require a negative COVID-19 test for residents returning “high-risk” countries including the UK and Sweden.

Also yesterday, the Czech government confirmed plans to relax social distancing regulations and open large-scale events for up to 500 people as of next Monday, June 8.

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