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Spain and Other European Countries Start Reopening after Strict Lockdown as COVID-19 Infection Spreading Rate Falls

  • Spain has started returning to normal life on Saturday after remaining under a strict coronavirus lockdown for 7-weeks. The country has allowed its citizens to exercise outdoors. During the coronavirus lockdown in Spain since March 14, only the adults were allowed to leave home to buy essential items such as medicine, food items, groceries, etc. Spain is the second worst-affected country in the world with 216,582 confirmed infections and 25,100 deaths till now (as per Johns Hopkins University). The strict lockdown norms have helped reduce the infection spreading rate of COVID-19 from 20 percent to less than 1 percent. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has warned citizens to show self-control for minimizing the risk of any resurgence.  He went on to say that from the coming Monday it will be mandatory for the people of Spain to wear masks on public transport. From Monday, the parks are going to be opened along with some other loosening of restrictions such as the resumption of funerals (with the condition of a maximum of 15 people maintaining social distancing rules). Other European countries have also started to loosen the strict restrictions. Germany has allowed opening small shops, playgrounds, museums, and zoos. Austria has opted for a staggered re-start of the economy by reopening more than 400 square meters of sales area including shops, hair salons, and barbers.