Europe eases lockdown measures amid COVID-19 pandemic
Leaders of several European countries take risks and ease the lockdown measures more and more every day. In Italy, 4.5 million citizens came back to work. Italians were allowed to walk in parks and do sports outside. They still must wear facemasks in public transport.
Hundreds of thousands of students, particularly, graduate students, came back to schools in Germany. Students have to maintain a distance during classes and sit farther from each other. According to the Robert Koch Institute, over 163,000 people are infected with coronavirus in Germany and 6,692 died.
Small stores, hairdressers and restaurants opened in Spain. People are given out free facemasks that they must wear in public transport. Over the past 24 hours, 164 people have died from coronavirus in the country. This is the lowest figure over the past month and a half.
In Portugal, infection and mortality rates are lower than in many other EU countries. Beaches remain closed by the order of the country's leadership apart from those who involved in water sports. The main thing is not to violate the rules of social distancing on water and not to gather in groups of more than ten people. The first surfers are trying to “ride” the wave after a long break.
“This is so great! There is a wind, there is a current, but waves are small. But, whatever. This is amazing, incredible and great. I feel like a new man,” said one of the athletes.
Government in Portugal plans to lift the quarantine in several stages. They assess the situation every 15 days and then take decisions.
In the United States, the number of infected people with coronavirus has almost reached 1.2 million since the beginning of the epidemic outbreak. 187,000 people recovered.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, the total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 3.582 million over the period of the pandemic. 251,000 people died; 1.162 million recovered.