Several countries gradually ease lockdown measures as COVID-19 loses its grip
The government authorities of a number of countries have started to gradually revive their economies by lifting several quarantine measures. According to the foreign media, florists and fashion stores, bookshops, bike and car outlets, and other shops smaller than 800 square meters were permitted to reopen in Germany on Monday, April 20. Museums, libraries and archives are preparing to reopen shortly. Zoos are readying to reopen their doors as well as the botanical gardens are preparing to allow its visitors to return. Schools operations will be gradually resumed from May 4th onward, first with graduating classes and students preparing for exams in the coming year, as well as higher levels of primary school classes. According to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University, the COVID-19 infected 150,648 people and killed 5,315 patients in Germany.
New Caledonia, a part of overseas France, is the first French territory to lift COVID-19 lockdown. It began gradually lifting confinement measures. Authorities plan to completely lift the lockdown restrictions on the territory of the islands starting May 4. Fishing, hunting and doing sports on fresh air are now allowed, but New Caledonian government is asking citizens to respect strict social distancing measures, as well as wear protective masks and maintain a heightened sense of hygiene. France recorded a total of 157,000 coronavirus cases. The total COVID-19 related death toll in France reached more than 21,000.
Spain, Italy and Austria, which are among the hardest-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, are also set to ease the lockdown measures. According to Euronews, Italy allowed the bookshops, stationery shops and stores selling baby clothes to reopen. The COVID-19 infected more than 187,000 people and killed 25,000 patients in Italy.
Three million people came back to work in Spain as the country started easing coronavirus restrictions. The statistics shows that the infection rates in the country decline. To date, Spain reported a total of 208,000 of COVID-19 cases and more than 21,000 deaths. Austria allowed small shops back again. However, the country intends to reopen its borders no earlier than September this year.
According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at more than 2.6 million and at least 183,000 people died. The United States remain as the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases. The country reported a total of 841,556 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands are among the worst-hit countries in the pandemic. In total, cases of coronavirus infection were registered in nearly 200 countries.