Europe is planning to ease the lockdown measures

Europe is planning to ease the lockdown measures


On Tuesday, the Spanish and French Governments will outline detailed plans to relieve their lockdown, as more European nations try to figure out the exit route from their economically disastrous virus containment steps. 

Leaders all over the country are trying to manage the re-opening of the economy by keeping the coronavirus pandemic under control. Germany, which had more success than some of its neighbors in controlling the outbreak, started reopening stores last week, with expects to reopen schools next month.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Sunday that he will be unveiling the "national deconfinment plan" on Tuesday, concentrating on six themes: "safety (including masks, testing and isolation), education, work, shops, transport and gatherings." 

France is now in its sixth week of lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 22,600 people in France so far. 

However, the number of patients in hospital and intensive care services have gradually dropped this month. The country is expected to reopen slowly from May 11, with no decisions on bars and restaurants made until the end of the month.

The country strategy, Mr Philippe said on Twitter, will be put to a vote in parliament, before being introduced to local leaders and other "social partners," such as unions. 

On Saturday, the Scientific Advisers Council of the government cautioned against relaxing the lockout measures too soon because it "could result in a rapid rise in the number of cases" and "significant hospital and intensive care cases." 

The government has urged people to keep operating as much as possible from home and — despite suggesting that the government plans to start reopening schools from May 11 — has said it is against any return to schools or nurseries before September.

Spain is also expected to ease its six-week coronavirus lockdown. one of the hardest in the world.  In the days ahead by enabling people to walk and exercise outside from the beginning of next month. 

On saturday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez highlighted the country's dropping official daily number of deaths  that has been below 400 for each of the last two days and the decrease in virus spread. He said that if the statistics continued to boost the government, as of May 2 adults would be allowed to go for walks and exercise outside their homes.

His administration has also declared that as of Sunday, when accompanied by an adult, children under 14 will be able to go on walks of up to 1 km from their homes. 

However, Mr Sánchez warned that the government had intended to phase out the lockdown only gradually over the month of May and probably June, with national and sectoral variation. 

Mr Sánchez is expected to detail the government's specific plan to phase out the lock-up on Tuesday. Ahead of his comments, people in different parts of Spain were demonstrating against the government by banging pots and pans in their homes.

In the United Kingdom, there is massive pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to put forward an exit plan from Britain's current lockdown as he gets back to work two weeks after being discharged from the hospital.


Photo: A police officer talks to a lady outside a hotel who was set up to treat patients with non-critical coronavirus during a health crisis in Madrid, Spain.