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Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček said a gradual relaxation of restrictions starting in the next few weeks is in the cards when appearing on CNN Prima NEWS. First on the list is to get children back in school, which is happening for the youngest primary students on April 12. Then, Hamáček says “there should be a relaxation in the gardens, shops and sports. A number of activities will gradually start to be allowed.”  He also hinted that children’s clothing stores will be open in the foreseeable future, saying “I can’t give the exact date, but a rough estimate is probably at the turn of April and May.” However, the Czech official says that masks and respirators will probably stay withRead more.

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Amid big rallies in the Prague real estate market, a 2+kk apartment is about 1,000 CZK less per month today than it was last year, according to data from RE/MAX.  Despite the slump in rent prices, real estate developers are constructing new apartments and homes with the express purpose of renting them, rather than selling them. Tomáš Wildt of investment firm Vihorev Group told CNN Prima that while Czechs traditionally preferring to own their own homes more than people in other countries, the younger generations are changing that. “It is still true that Czechs prefer to own their own apartments. We have a different nature than for example the Germans or other Europeans where renting is a common thing thatRead more.

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Researchers from the University of Chemistry and Technology, along with the Prague Water Supply and Sewerage Company, claim to have developed a method that predicts when the next wave of COVID-19 will hit based on analyzing wastewater. They are also working on using wastewater to confirm testing data.  Jan Bartáček, one of the researchers working on the project, said that humans usually excrete COVID-19 from their feces a few days before exhibiting symptoms, making wastewater a useful metric for monitoring the spread of the virus. “In most cases, humans begin to excrete the virus in their stools a few days before they feel sick… The virus can be detected in wastewater analysis, which works on the same principles as theRead more.