PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is further easing coronavirus restrictions, opening bars and restaurants for outdoor dining amid falling numbers of coronavirus infections. Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek says the establishments will reopen on May 17 for people who have a negative coronavirus test, have been vaccinated, or recovered from COVID-19. Only up to four people who are not relatives will be allowed to sit at one table.
Also, next week, on Monday, the elementary schools in seven of the country’s 14 regions, including Prague, will be able to abandon a rotating principle, with in-school attendance one week and distance learning the next. At the same time, up to 700 people will be allowed to attend outdoor concerts and other outdoor cultural events. People will have to present a negative coronavirus test, be vaccinated, or recover from COVID-19. All will have to wear a respirator. Monday’s announcement comes when all stores and shopping malls reopen and most services return to business.
THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— In coastal Senegal, the beginning of the fishing season renews hope for industry ravaged by COVID-19
— While wealthier nations stockpile vaccines, some of the poorest countries have yet to receive any, even for medical staff
— Joyful reunions among vaccinated parents and children marked this year’s Mother’s Day
— Concert advocating vaccine equity pulls in $302 million, exceeding its goal
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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
MILAN — The head of San Marino’s health authority says that new coronavirus cases in the tiny republic have nearly hit zero since the vaccine campaign was launched last month with the Russian-developed Sputnik V. Alessandra Bruschi said on Monday that officials are “delighted with the preliminary data that show a high level of effectiveness.” She said the state hospital has just one COVID-19 patient in a regular ward and not intensive care. National statistics show just 25 active cases among the 34,500 citizens. San Marino has vaccinated 75% of its citizens with at least one dose and is planning to begin offering jabs to tourists soon. It is also negotiating with Italy to vaccinate Italians who work in the republic, which is located along the border between Emilia Romagna and Marche, near the Adriatic Coast.