How different countries are managing the end of lockdown

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Published 2020-05-18 11:00

After being locked down for two months, many countries around the world have begun to breathe again. Let's have a look at how some of these countries are dealing with the end of lockdown.

Andorra

A country that only has 51 deaths related to COVID-19, Andorra has adopted the most unusual measures to end the lockdown - which, however, wasn't so strict. For example, people living in even-number households are only allowed to go out on even dates. Those living with an odd number of people can go out on the other days. Those who live alone are allowed to go out in alphabetical order - odd dates for those with names starting with A-M and on odd dates for the rest. In addition, strict schedules have been set for those who wish to go jogging or walking, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. To go shopping or strolling around, you have between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. To top it off, citizens are required to walk in the same direction as traffic, that is, on the right side of the road!

United Kingdom

In the UK, it is still prohibited to visit relatives or friends. If you still want to see your dear ones, you will have to head outdoors. For instance, you can meet in a park as long as you respect the 2-metres social distancing. Violation of this rule may result in high fines. Regarding outdoor sports, activities such as golf, tennis and angling are only allowed individually, or with other people living under the same roof, or only one person living under another roof.

Thailand

Until now, Thailand has recorded 3,000 positive cases of COVID-19 and 54 deaths. While many economic activities in the country have resumed, including restaurants, open-air markets, hairdressing salons and golf courses, the sale of alcoholic beverages remains prohibited until further notice.

Canada

In Canada, Quebec is the only province where nurseries and primary schools have been allowed to reopen. However, this decision is not unanimous. Regarding secondary schools and universities, they are not likely to resume until September.

Mauritius

Mauritius remains cautious, with a death toll of 10. Thus, the lockdown is taking phase in different phases. Until June 1st, only holders of a "Work Access Permit" are authorised to travel across the island. Access to supermarkets and bakeries during on weekdays is maintained in alphabetical order. Moreover, in case you're caught spitting in a public place, you are liable to a fine of Rs 5,000 (115 euros) and a prison sentence of 30 days maximum!

Spain

With more than 27,000 deaths linked to COVID-19, Spain remains vigilant even if the situation has started to stabilise. Until a few weeks ago, it was forbidden to go out except for shopping, going to the hospital or the pharmacy or walking your dog. Since April 26, children are allowed to go out for one hour a day. Adults are also allowed to do sports individually for a limited time. However, parks and children playgrounds remain closed until further notice.

Germany

In Germany, the end of lockdown measures vary from one region to another. For example, wearing a mask is compulsory in shops in Bavaria, but not in Berlin. Besides, while homemade cloth masks are acceptable in most public places, people using public transport are required to get washable masks from vending machines located transport hubs.

Italy

In Italy, where the epidemic has resulted in nearly 32,000 deaths, the authorities are taking all precautions. Thus, the wearing of a mask and social distancing remain compulsory, whether to do outdoor sports or to visit relatives.

France

In France also, the lockdown is ending in several phases. However, certain security measures are still in force. In Paris, for example, access to the parks and gardens located in the four red zones is still forbidden to people between 11 and 18 years old. While leisure centres and cemeteries are now open, bars and restaurants remain closed.

United States

US President's recent controversial comments about the coronavirus pandemic made a buzz not only in the United States but also in the rest of the world. Today, the USA has the highest number of deaths - more than 90,900. You will recall President Trump's suggestion to consume or inject sanitisers for immunisation against COVID -19. Even though Americans are far from being fools, producers of disinfectants have issued severe warnings to the population.

6 Comments
melmalinowski
melmalinowski
5 days ago

As of the end of May, 2020, it is still impossible to buy N95 masks (or virtually any masks) in the Portland, Oregon area. Also impossible to get a C-19 test unless you are symptomatic already. The Federal government has yet to take responsibility for providing these vital preventative measures. We are continuing to social distance with fabric masks, all we have available, and avoiding public shopping as much as possible. My doctor friends warn that C-19 can cause severe damage beyond your lungs, so that even if you survive it, you can be left with liver and heart problems. They recommend continued avoidance of unprotected group exposure. We're all eager to 're-open', but be careful. Texas re-opened early, and 14 days later had a surge in cases and deaths.

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cvco
cvco
last week

Why did you avoid talking about the steps to re-open USA and instead replace it with your hate of the president and the twisting of his words? The president has encouraged the 50 states to re-open as soon as it is safe to do so and on terms and conditions that the individual governors believe wise based on how science and data apply to local conditions. As a result, some states remain locked down while others are progressively opening. As to US deaths, bear in mind US has a huge and diverse population and as a percentage of the population US deaths are very low. Also, it is impossible to know the actual number of covid deaths since all deaths in hospitals are recorded as covid. For example, the period covering covid is the peak of the normal, annual flu season in which thousands die every year but the flu deaths have not been recorded as anything but covid. Even people dying of heart attacks are listed as covid deaths because hospitals get federal funds for each covid death but not for any other kind of death so they list as covid to get money and make the president look his worst.

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svoyda
svoyda
last week

Cause he is the case in point of the worst president USA had in it’s history. Pinocchio would be too big of a compliment and would have taken too much from Collodi’s masterpiece for children. Con artist, womanizer, finger pointing, bigot and totally incapable, self promoting goof who destroyed the moral leadership USA had in the past. Get your news from other sources then Fox News.

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Texjim
Texjim
last week

I could not agree with you more President Trump is doing a great job. I am so glad Hildebeast is not president. Do I agree with everything Trump does? No. But he could be the best president in U.S. history. He was elected just when we needed him most.

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cpuchal
cpuchal
last week

Amazing, how lying propoganda communist news media spreads misinformation, and the so called intelligent brain washed individuals believe it. Just like staying lock up in the house for months and rotting in it supposed to be good for you Hahaha. Instead going out side in the sun and sea where the environment actually kills the virus or trastically reducing it's effects. Most of all busting ones immune system and phycologically stay healthy. Anyway, please stop your bs nonsense, one day it will come back and bite you in the S.

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Efgrana
Efgrana
last week

In the USA, the president never suggested ingesting or injecting disinfectants. He actually said the disinfectants kill the virus,so we should research how we can use that to help people. NEVER said to ingest or inject it. PLEASE try to have responsible reporting,

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