As COVID-19 Infection Rate Slows, Europe Mulls Easing Of Restrictions

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As COVID-19 Infection Rate Slows, Europe Mulls Easing Of Restrictions

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Throughout Europe in recent days the COVID-19 infection rate has been steadily going down, while numbers of active infections remain relatively high.

Regardless, this is seen as a good sign and prompts some countries into mulling possible reduction of some anti-COVID-19 measures.

These include:

Austria as of April 14th began relaxing some of its lockdown measures. Non-essential stores under 400 square meters were allowed to open their doors along with hardware stores and garden centers. Shopping malls and hairdressers will open up on May 1st.

People will be required to wear masks in stores and on public transportation.

Restaurants and hotels will remain closed until mid-May, and no public events can be held until June.

As of April 24th, Austria has 15,071 total infected, 522 fatalities, and only 2,677 remaining active cases.

In Belgium, on April 22nd, an expert panel tasked with drawing up the country’s plan to ease the lockdown restrictions recommended reopening shops and business on May 4th.

The panel also recommended a partial return to school on May 18th.

The proposals include keeping social distancing measures, masks worn in busy places and 40,000 tests carried out per day on people with suspected symptoms.

The panel also recommended to allow gatherings of up to 10 people on weekends – among close friends and relatives – but always with the same people each week.

Belgium, as of April 24th, has a total number of cases sitting at 44,293, 6,679 fatalities and the active cases sit at 27,492.

In France, on April 15th, President Emmanuel Macron announced that on May 11th, restrictions would start being lifted.

Quarantine will be “gradually” lifted, starting with nurseries, K-12 schools, and some shops.

As of April 24th, it sits at 158,183 total cases, 21,856 fatalities and 94,239 active cases.

The Czech Republic began easing its restrictions on April 20th, with a five-stage plan. Under its plan, Czech authorities reopened farmers’ markets, car dealerships, and other small businesses before slowly allowing residents to return to some form of normalcy.

In the final stage of the plan, tentatively scheduled for June 8, all businesses would be allowed to reopen, including bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels.

This is not set in stone, since a resurgence in cases could push the date back.

As of April 24th, it has 7,188 total cases, 213 fatalities, and 4,789 active cases.

On April 14th, children in Denmark returned to school. Some businesses were allowed to reopen just a few days later, including hairdressers, which saw a rush of appointments and visits. Other places allowed to open include tattoo parlors, physiotherapists and dentists.

The opened businesses must follow new health guidelines. Zoological gardens and animal parks will reopen May 1st, while other restrictions remain in place.

“In this situation, it is very important that there is increased awareness to avoid infection in the population,” the Danish Health Authority said. “The spread of infection has been greatly reduced, and we have therefore started to open up the society gradually.”

As of April 24th, Denmark has 8,210 total cases, 394 fatalities and 2,432 active cases.

Germany, took the decision to ease some restrictions on April 20th, allowing shops with an area of less than 800 square meters to open, along with car and bicycle dealers, and bookstores to reopen. Social distancing and new health rules remained in effect.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with local governments in each state are allowed to ease or tighten regulations depending on the situation. Restrictions nationwide are to remain until May 3rd, while schools are planned to open on May 4th.

Germany, as of April 24th, has 153,393 cases, 5,575 fatalities, and 41,018 active cases.

In Italy, the prime minister said on April 21st that any reduction in measures will be cautious and calculated.

While the full lockdown is set to end May 4, bookshops, laundries, children’s clothing stores reopened in some regions, while forestry workers and IT manufacturers were back to work.

“I wish I could say: let’s reopen everything. Immediately. We start tomorrow morning…But such a decision would be irresponsible,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

As of April 24th, Italy has 189,973 active cases, 25,549 fatalities and 106,848 active cases.

In Norway, on April 20th, restrictions were lifted “little by little” by opening kindergartens before moving on to higher grades “before summer.”

However, citizens are will required to work from home and the ban on sports and festivals remained in place until at least June 15th.

As of April 24th, Norway sits at 7,401 total cases, 194 fatalities, and 7,175 active cases.

Spain is the hardest-hit country in Europe by COVID-19, while the lockdown is expected to stay in place until at least May 3rd, the government began easing its restrictions on residents on April 13th by allowing some non-essential workers to return to their jobs.

On April 20th, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that he would allow children to go outside since the lockdown began.

As of April 24th, it has 219,764 total cases, 22,524 fatalities, and 104,885 active cases.

Switzerland, announced a three-stage lifting of the lockdown starting on April 27th.

The first phase will include reopening some non-essential businesses such as hairdressers, physiotherapists, medical and dental offices, while grocery stores and supermarkets also will be able to sell non-essential products again.

Wearing masks outside will be mandatory.

The second phase of the plan, which is set to begin on May 11th, will see schools for children of compulsory school age reopen. All stores and markets will also reopen on that date.

The final phase, set for June 8th, will see the reopening of upper secondary schools, universities as well as the possible lift of restrictions on entertainment and cultural events.

As of April 24th, it has 28,677 total cases, 1,551 fatalities and 6,526 active cases.

Sweden, still has no COVID-19 lockdown, and it appears to be dealing with the situation fine. Most recently, on April 21st, Anders Tegnell, an epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency said that closing of borders was “absurd” in his view.

His philosophy is the following:

“This is not a disease that can be stopped or eradicated, at least until a working vaccine is produced. We have to find long-term solutions that keeps the distribution of infections at a decent level. What every country is trying to do is to keep people apart, using the measures we have and the traditions we have to implement those measures. And that’s why we ended up doing slightly different things.”

As a result, Swedish citizens weren’t prohibited or required to do anything, everything was based on voluntarism.

As of April 24th, it sits at 16,755 total cases, 2,021 deaths and 14,184 active cases.

Finland, on March 16th, the Finnish Government, jointly with the President of Finland, declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

  • All schools will be closed, not including early education.
  • Most government-run public facilities (theatres, libraries, museums etc.) will be shut down.
  • Critical personnel will be exempted from the Working Hours Act and Annual Holidays Act, both in the private and public sector.
  • At most 10 people can participate in a public meeting, and people over the age of 70 should avoid human contact if possible.
  • Outsiders are forbidden from entering healthcare facilities and hospitals, excluding relatives of critically ill people and children.
  • The capacity of social and healthcare will be increased in the private and public sector, while less critical activity will be decreased.
  • Preparations for the shutdown of borders will start, and citizens or permanent residents returning to Finland will be placed under a 2-week quarantine.

As of April 22nd, Finland said that it planned to lift the lockdown with a hybrid strategy.

Many of Finland’s countrywide restrictions will remain in place until May. Schools and public libraries are set to reopen on May 13. Restaurants are to remain shuttered until late in the month, while large gatherings of more than 500 people are prohibited until the end of July.

As of April 24th, Finland sits at 4,395 total cases, 172 fatalities, and 2,223 active cases.

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  • Ed

    Is it actually ‘slowing’ though?

    • Jens Holm

      You have to understad the information right. Slowing down is less dead pr day. By that fewer are contamionated pr day, so hospitals and funerals can do their jobs as well as it goes.

      So we sont see its gone for a long time. If we go on like now, we solently will have less and less very ill ones.

      The worries are we open up again, because we have to because of production and we by that has to meet each other a lot as it used to be. Then there will be some more but hopefully limited amounts of victimes.

      Its very visble here in Denmark at our hospitals. All beds was filled up and many other kinds of patients, which could wait at least some, was delayed and should not even visit their local doctor but could be serviced some by phone.

      Now the other patiens – now very much behind time – can go to the hospitals and the waitinglist only grow a little.

      By that “in control” we now can help Italy with at least some equipment instead of nothing at all.

      Some countries seemes to have hit themselves hard by having no systemtic attitude and equipment. Denmark was not like that. After the first very big chock, our systems works well compared to others.

      Very much is trust to the state and the high emplyed experts(mainly doctors and statistics), so we open up corners here and there and dont wear masks. Here its very much an important thing people keep the 2 meter distance. All shopping is behind plastic windows and we have to wear at least one one time glove, when we buy needed food and other thinsg too.

      Many are unimployed, but cleaners from our closed factories and offices are hired to clean extra, where its open. The state so far pay a lot by taken loans.

      I am a very flexible person almost living alone. I have no problems. The problems are for them drinking coffee with each other everyday, which often also love shopping and seeing everything there.

      I have been extra in the nature a lot more then I use to this year. We have different kinds of forrest and small narrow and very nice creeks. The sea is not so far away as well. So I have been on a photosafaria making a lot of digital photos and some few are very very good. It must be hard times for people living in towns, where they hardly can do that.

      We have very small gardens here. They all are 100% more perfect then ever :) I have paintet 2 fences myself. There is no grass, which should not be there.

      Thats how the “weather rapport” is here. You can write back to me, if You want to. For good reasons I am home. For the moment I listen to old Youtubes music videos and suddenly remember old days much better.

      We will get a long time crisis, but the tools for getting up again is there. I dont mind we should live a little more poor then we did until the Coroana.

      My worries are for the poor ones already living poor. Denmark do export a lot of food, but if GB and Germany cant effort to buy as much as they use to, we can send some and avoid a t least some starving. We do produce a lot for making second class bread, but it is very usefull, if people has nothing else. The problem is the distribution as well as corruption there.

  • Ronald

    Less than 2 million deaths from a population of 7.5 billion.
    Biggest scam in the history of man.

    • Jens Holm

      Its not over yet at all and out of control in several countries and more will be like that.

      When I see drivers in Italy having trucloads af dead people, Its no scam but the real world even its not as bad as it was assumed.

      • Raptar Driver

        You’re full of shit. Urban myths about trucks of dead people. Don’t you have any shame?

    • Harry Smith

      2 mln infected not dead.

      • Bobby Twoshoes

        *Repost with no source link because of stupid spam filtering*
        <200,000 deaths and even that's only because western countries are falsifying the figures. If you remove the unreliable figures there's only 48,885 for the entire rest of the world currently.

        Anyone concerned about my source should visit worldometers.info/coronavirus a site that aggregates figures from the various relevant governments' published figures and also the site SouthFront gets their tables from.

        • Vitex

          Yep and COVID has miraculously cured heart disease, cancer and the flu, because no-one dies of those anymore.

      • Vitex

        And with the CDC “guidelines”, everyone who has died in the last six months has “died” of COVID

    • Bobby Twoshoes

      <200,000 deaths and even that's only because western countries are falsifying the figures. If you remove the unreliable figures there's only 48,885 for the entire rest of the world currently.

      • Jens Holm

        Much as some certainly has falsified Your figure.

        None are falsifying, but some has only registrated the ones dead in hospitals and some has named some coronas as “age”.

        West are the best in counting and registration. We dont falsify as much as others, because we have free press and debate.

        The deep state is You with all Your censurship and systematicly lies, so most people from fx the ME Region and Russia not even dare to say anything else.

        The unreliable figures are because those countries are not able to registrate a lot of things.

        We even see it in Syria. Most things hasnt been counted for more then 70 years, so the urbanisation is not even there.

        So the numbers above is “all we know is registrated today”. We have seen it well for the chinese. They had to add some more after counting in the corners. None should expect anymore.

        Its not anybody of ours fault in the West, that You are illiterat in what calcualting and statiscics are and shows – its a science and also very difficult compared to counting feet and toes.

        Now go and learn about what maps and statisstics actually says. I have low university grade in this and has used it well making sober coments in my country. Many more should learn instead of that babling non sense of Yours.

        You are excused if You are a senile, not brighter then a kangoroo or vorn yesterday.

  • Vitex

    Mandatory wearing of masks so that the illuminati can get their jollies. Of course you can be infected readily through the eyes, so without eye protection a mask is useless (except as a physical expression of temporal power)

  • JIMI JAMES

    The bio weapon is real,but if you look at the death toll in oz,you can see just about all were from soros co owned pleasure cruisers (loaded) and there were a few oild age care centres in inner areas where not ought to be (soros+ co run?) which unlike the chinese did the right whom played by the rules earlier,so the chinese contingent barely contributed whom morrison gave credit for but the rest were linked to covert hits by obvious soros/gates/nwo/facist nazis which reveals more to the true extent insomuch as whom contributed dare I say to arrange the wuhan hit in order to try to blame the ccp?
    Well you observe a certain packa kweer neo-liberal lawmakers from germany then link the asswholes!

    What you get when ypou run a fake economy based on counterfiet trillio bonds and the rest of the european union/imf fukfests,obviously they are desperate,however this will blow over eventually,
    odd how europe does not want morrison to conduct a independant bi partisan investigation,hmm,
    you’d think they’s agree but no the soros/gates/clinton and their deep state allied corrupt chinese
    have other ideas,which to me suggests,china has like usa a corrupt not so vile but still too greedy,
    which Is the bad part of china being manipulated for the sake of them extra shekels,but really that

    will only backfire if china takes the WHO bait,Thank Christ Morrison opted for national covoid team.