Europe loosens lockdown as virus tightens grip on Americas

Europe loosens lockdown as virus tightens grip on Americas


Rome: Europe took bolder measures on Monday to alleviate the corona virus blockade, despite fears of a second wave of infections, some pubs, tourist attractions, swimming pools and schools reopened, while in Latin America, new cases have exceeded the one million mark .

Since the outbreak in China last year, this pandemic has killed more than 372,000 people and infected at least 6.1 million people. Efforts to curb the influenza pandemic by restricting lives have plunged some economies into recession.

In the current crisis, anti-racist protests triggered by police killings masked the ongoing crisis. To some extent, the United States is the hardest hit country, but Latin American cases are also spreading rapidly, especially in trouble Giant Brazil.

However, from Russia to France, Italy and the United Kingdom, the country has begun to shake off the months-long blockade and has carefully adopted the normal levels after the pandemic.

In spite of the ever-increasing restrictions or shortened business hours, in Finland and Norway, the bar has reopened, and some schools in the United Kingdom and Greece have reopened.

However, the decision to allow the school to reopen partially in the UK has attracted criticism from some people who accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government action of being too fast to end the blockade, and he was accused of implementing it too slowly.

“COVID-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England,” scientific advisor Jeremy Farrar said on Twitter.

In Russia, people are also skeptical. Although the number of cases is still high, shopping centers and parks in Moscow are still reopening on Monday, although there are also cautious hopes among shop owners who are eager to see business recover again.

“We opened two hours ago but we already have a few clients. I m pretty optimistic, I think people will come back little by little,” Olga told AFP at her shop selling handbags and jewelry in central Moscow.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin reopened parts of his country, he also called on Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to wish him a speedy recovery as he became the latest positive Test leader.

In other parts of Europe, bolder measures have been taken. Greece has opened some hotels, schools, swimming pools and tattoo shops, while in Slovenia, as the country declared the outbreak ended, the mandatory rules for wearing masks were relaxed.

Slovenians enjoyed the opportunity to fly over US and local military aircraft to commemorate the “end of the pandemic” and thank the frontline health workers, while in Romania, excited families wait in line to reopen the Grigorian Antipa Nature in Bucharest History Museum.

“I love animals, dinosaurs!” declared seven-year-old Robert, as his mum Manuela expressed relief that the lockdown was ending and she could bring him out to follow his passion. “It was his most ardent wish,” she smiled.

Rome’s famous Colosseum is also open to tourists for the first time since March-limited to Italian nationals-attracting a sparse crowd.

“We took advantage of the fact that foreign tourists aren t here yet,” said Pierluigi, adding that it was his first visit to the massive ancient amphitheatre.

And in South Africa, scores of people queued outside liquor stores in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, waiting to stock up after a nine-week ban on alcohol sales.

The mood was festive with customers carrying crates of empty beer bottles, blasting loud music from their stereos.

“We are overwhelmed, over the moon, so excited. This place is jamming,” said Bongani Khumalo.

“I m here to buy my beloved beer,” said 31-year-old Anele Mapoma. “It has been a while since I had a taste of that foam and burping.”

The pandemic has hit the global economy hard, and the global economy is facing the worst recession since the Great Depression.

As businesses and citizens become weary of confinement, many leaders face pressure to reopen, especially in countries where the epidemic appears to be slowing.

But health experts continue to warn that if the authorities and citizens lower their vigilance, the possibility of a second wave of infection.

Brazil has more than five million known infections and is the second largest case in the world after the United States, but Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro violated the blockade proposal, and many of his supporters believe This disease is a myth.

According to official sources, Agence France-Presse reported that among severe new landmarks, infections in Latin America and the Caribbean have surged to more than one million.

In the United States, the most affected country in the world, is now facing a wave of street protests against police killing unarmed black suspects-Washington and Los Angeles have resumed outdoor dining, and New York City is beginning to reopen from June 8 as planned .

There are now more than 104,000 coronavirus deaths and more than 1.7 million cases in the United States.

At the same time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, people are reminded that despite the fight against coronavirus in many parts of the world, other infectious threats continue.

The Ministry of Health reported a new Ebola outbreak in the northwestern part of this huge Central African country.

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