Many countries around the world have started announcing plans to make sealing operations easier.
These include some of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, such as Spain and Italy.
As plans unfold, the World Health Organization warns that any rollback must be slow and only if there is the capacity to isolate victims and find contacts.
Look at the situation in some of the major countries in Europe.
Spain allowed children to leave home
Spain will allow children to walk outside from next weekend, Health Minister Salvador has said, amid criticism that government regulations unfairly punish teenagers.
The change comes just hours after the government first announced that young children, currently banned from leaving home under any circumstances, could travel with their parents on essential trips such as buying food or medicine .
It drew heavy criticism on social media and many calls to allow children to play outside.
People all over Madrid clashed with pots and pans from their balconies.
Despite allowing some businesses to reopen last week, Spain remains under one of the toughest lockdowns in Europe, with millions of people gathered at home and not even allowed to exercise .
The latest 24-hour death toll is 21,282 and the number of infections is 204,178.
Italy ‘reconsiders traffic’ as part of easing lockdown
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said Italy will start easing its lockdown on May 4, although the expected withdrawal is cautious and calculated.
The country has been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, with more than 24,100 dead since the pandemic first emerged in February.
Conte said the lockdown had put a lot of pressure on the eurozone’s third-largest economy, but with the number of new cases gradually declining, the government would release plans to ease the strike by the end of the week.
He promised a “serious science plan” that would “review” and relax transport systems to help workers travel safely, including new trade rules and measures to check whether they lead to an increase in epidemics.
“It is reasonable to expect that we will use it from May 4,” he said, adding that the hasty and irregular exit strategy would mock the sacrifices made by the Italians.
But Conte did not provide specific details on which businesses could reopen first or which restrictions could be maintained across the country.
France prepares to reopen schools
France plans to lift the ban from May 11 and Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanker has provided some details of the government’s plans for schools.
He said the children would gradually return to school over a three-week period depending on their age.
Classes will be divided into small groups of no more than 15 students, some of whom will participate in outdoor games and activities, while others will be in class.
At least 20,796 deaths from the corona virus have been reported in France, as the number of hospitalized patients infected with COVID-19 continues to slowly decline for the sixth day in a row.
Jerome Solomon, president of the National Health Organization, said on Tuesday that 12,900 deaths in hospitals and 7,896 in nursing homes have been reported since the eruption in the country.
Overall, the national death rate was 61% higher than normal from March 30 to April 5 and 47% higher than normal from April 6 to April 12, Solomon said.
Shops, car and bicycle dealerships resume business in Germany
Up to 800 square meters of shops, car and bike dealerships and bookstores have been allowed to reopen in Germany this week under an agreement with the heads of Germany’s 16 states.
Schools are expected to reopen in two weeks.
But President Angela Merkel has urged Germans to exercise discipline to avoid another setback in the fight against the coronavirus.
Federal and state governments have strongly recommended that Germans wear masks when shopping and on public transport, with some states making it mandatory.
Germany ranks fifth in the world with the number of 141,672 government patients out of 19, but has reduced mortality through early and thorough testing.
The death toll stands at 4,404.
In the Netherlands, children are about to resume sports training
The Dutch government has taken the first temporary steps in the easing measures, allowing primary school children to return to their classrooms part-time from May 11 and allowing children to take part in sports training from May 29. april.
High schools have been asked to prepare students to return to class on June 2.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mark Rutte has extended a ban on all large-scale events, such as music festivals and professional football, until September 1, while bars and restaurants will remain closed until September. May 20 at least.
Holanda se encuentra en un lugar donde Rutte llama al “cierre patronal inteligente” que ha cerrado escuelas, restaurants, bars y museos desde mediados de marzo, pero ha dejado de ordenar a las personas en el país de 17 million de personas que se queden en home.
The official death toll in the Netherlands is 3,916, but that only includes those who tested positive. Authorities say the actual number is high.
People over 65 have been allowed to leave Serbia for the first time in a month.
Serbia’s elderly entered the region for the first time in more than a month on Tuesday as authorities eased some of the austerity measures.
The government has allowed people over the age of 65 to go out for walks three times a week during daily curfews, while the rest of the population must stay indoors.
Authorities say they want to keep vulnerable elderly residents safe.
As part of efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, Serbia has strict rules in Europe.
People over 65 were only allowed to shop once a week and early in the morning.
Most of the people who came out Tuesday night were wearing masks and some were holding hands. Someone said it was released for the first time in 35 days.
Serbia has reported 6,890 cases of COVID-19, while 130 have died.
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