As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, some countries are putting their citizens on various forms lockdown, though that’s not a technical term used by public-health officials.
India, France, Italy, and the UK have implemented the world’s largest and most restrictive mass quarantines.
A handful of countries, including Spain, Germany, and South Korea have started relaxing lockdown measures. The results have been mixed.
More than 328,639 people have died and over 5,022,064 have been infected by the coronavirus worldwide.
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Countries around the world are implementing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, from national quarantines to school closures.
Several countries, like Spain, Iran, Italy, Denmark, Israel, and Germany, that previously imposed restrictions are beginning to lift lockdown measures. But results have been mixed.
While “lockdown” isn’t a technical term used by public-health officials, it can refer to anything from mandatory geographic quarantines to non-mandatory recommendations to stay at home, closures of certain types of businesses, or bans on events and gatherings, Lindsay Wiley, a health law professor at the Washington College of Law, told Vox.
Here are the countries and territories that have implemented mandatory mass quarantines so far — and how some of them are beginning to open up.
Germany is slowly reopening — though it’s also seen the infection rate rise.
Hairdressers, playgrounds, churches, and museums were able to reopen on May 4, as well as some schools, according to Vox. All restaurants will be able to reopen in mid-May, according to CBS News.
Volkswagen has reopened one of its major plants.
Oktoberfest is canceled.
The Bundesliga professional soccer league returned Saturday.
Brazil’s infection numbers have surpassed Spain and Italy, but president Jair Bolsonaro has not instituted a lockdown.
Business Insider’s Sophia Ankel reported that the country has emerged as a new hotspot, and morgues, hospitals, and cemeteries are grappling with rising rates of infection.
President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the pandemic and even encouraged anti-lockdown protesters — he has also argued with governors who imposed stay-at-home orders.
As of Thursday, Brazil had 291,579 infections and 18,859 deaths.
While hit hard, Spain is beginning to reopen.
About 30% of Spanish small businesses have reopened, Al Jazeera reported .
About half the country has started reopening, adds the Financial Times, but the major metros of Madrid and Barcelona remain locked down and will not be allowed to reopen until at least May 25. The country’s state of emergency has been extended through June 6.
The Guardian also reports that nonessential workers in industries like manufacturing and construction have been able to return tentatively to work.
The country has had more than 27,888 deaths and 232,555 cases as of Thursday.
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