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The spread of the novel CCP virus has been contained in the Czech Republic and the government will continue to cautiously open up the economy, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on April 30.

The country has seen the number of new cases drop below 100 for the past eight consecutive days, and the number of active cases has also been on the decline.

The ministry said the reproduction rate of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus has dropped to 0.7, which means every newly infected person passes the infection to less than one other person.

It predicted 7,900-9,700 total infections at the end of May, from a current 7,581 cases reported as of Thursday morning.

Positive developments have prompted the government to start reopening shops and services as well as non-urgent medical care as doctors fear the impact of neglect in standard care.

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People walk holding signs as they attend a rally to protest what they say is a chaotic response of the government to the CCP virus pandemic in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 29, 2020. (Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

“So far we do not see a negative trend resulting from previous relaxations,” Vojtech told a televised news conference.

“We will proceed with caution, gradually in the upcoming waves, and I believe we are on a good path,” he said.

The country has also seen a decline in the number of hospitalized patients, to 348 on Wednesday from a peak of 446 on April 9. So far 227 people have died, equal to 21 per million people.

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Amid restrictions due to the novel CCP virus COVID-19 pandemic, medics of the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University treat a homeless man in front of the Prague main railway station in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 28, 2020. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

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