Hana Horka, 57, was unvaccinated and had posted on social media that she was recovering after testing positive, but died two days later.
Her son, Jan Rek, said she got infected on purpose when he and his father had the virus, so she could get a recovery pass to access certain sites.
The Czech Republic reported a record number of cases on Wednesday.
Mr Rek and his father, who are both fully vaccinated, both caught Covid over Christmas. But he said his mother decided not to stay away from them, preferring instead to expose herself to the virus.
“She should have self-isolated for a week because we tested positive. But she was with us the whole time,” he said.
Proof of vaccination or recent infection with the virus is required in the Czech Republic to enter many social and cultural venues, including cinemas, bars and cafes.
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His mother was a member of one of the oldest Czech folk groups, Asonance. She had wanted to catch Covid so there would be fewer restrictions on her movement, Mr Rek said.
Two days before she died, she wrote on social media that she was recovering: “Now there will be theatre, sauna, concert”.
On Sunday morning, the day she died, Ms Horka said she felt better and was getting dressed to go for a walk. But then her back started hurting, so she went to lie down in her room.
“In about 10 minutes, it was all over,” her son said. “She died of suffocation.”
Although she has not been vaccinated, Jan Rek pointed out that her mother does not believe some of the more bizarre conspiracy theories about Covid vaccines.
“Her philosophy was that she was more okay with the idea of catching Covid than getting vaccinated. Not that we would get a microchip or anything like that,” he said.
There was no point in trying to discuss the matter with her as it would get too emotional, he added. Instead, he hoped that by telling his story, he could convince others to get vaccinated.
“If you have real-life living examples, that’s more powerful than just graphs and numbers. You can’t really empathize with numbers.”
Jan Rek said his mother Asonance’s band was “quite a legend” in folk and country circles
The number of Covid cases in the Czech Republic hit a new daily record on Wednesday, with 28,469 cases reported in a population of 10.7 million people.
The government recently introduced new measures to combat the rise, including mandatory testing for employees and schoolchildren. The isolation period for people who test positive but show no symptoms has been reduced from 14 days to five.
Earlier this month, thousands of people demonstrated in Prague and other cities against the possible introduction of compulsory vaccination for certain sections of society. The government is expected to announce its plans soon.
Around 63% of the total population of the Czech Republic has been fully vaccinated, compared to an average of 69% across the EU.
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