Europe is returning to normal, while Brazil COVID-19 numbers are growing
Brazil reported 807 new coronavirus-related deaths and 11,600 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. Despite the rising coronavirus infections, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro proposes to sooner lift the quarantine restrictions that were introduced in the country amidst the global pandemic. The COVID-19 infected more than 377,000 people and killed more than 24,000 patients in Brazil.
European countries on the other hand are gradually returning to their normal lives. The fitness centers and swimming pools in Italy were allowed to reopen in all regions of the country besides Lombardy, but with strict hygiene and social distancing rules.
“The Italian Swimming Federation allows admitting in the swimming pool 44 people at a time. We decided that in the beginning we will be admitting only 24 people so they would feel themselves as safe as possible and sometime later we will gradually increase the number of visitors,” said Stefano Cecilia, a manager of a sports club.
Italy reported a total of 230,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 33,000 deaths.
The Spanish government announced that the country will open its borders to foreign tourists from July 1. Spain will officially lift the 14-day quarantine policy for overseas tourists.
“The worst is behind us. In July we will gradually open Spain to international tourists, lift the quarantine and ensure the highest standards of health safety,” tweeted Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya.
The COVID-19 infected more than 283,000 people and killed more than 27,000 patients in Spain.
COVID-19 cases in France exceeded 182,000. The novel coronavirus killed 28,500 people in the country. The COVID-19 lockdown in France lasted for two months. The restrictions lifted since May 11 allowed shops and beauty salons to resume their work.
France spent 450 billion euros (US$490 billion) to prop up the economy through coronavirus crisis. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that it is the equivalent of 20 percent of the country’s GDP.
The United States are the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic. The COVID-19 infected more than 1.7 million people and killed more than 100,000 patients in the U.S.
According to the data from the Johns Hopkins University, reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide approach 5.7 million. The novel coronavirus killed more than 352,000 in the world. More than 2.4 million global COVID-19 patients reported to have recovered.