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The leaders of Denmark, the Czech Republic and Austria are considering easing the blocking restrictions for coronaviruses in their countries.

Schools and nurseries should reopen in Denmark April 15 in what will be the first steps the country takes to ease its quarantine rules.

On March 11, Denmark closed, closing schools, day centers, restaurants, cafes, gymnasiums and borders, making it one of the first European countries to enter quarantine.

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Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement cautiously, saying, “It will probably be like walking a tightrope. If we stop along the way, we could fall and if we go too fast, it can go wrong. Therefore, we must take one careful step at a time. “

“If we open Denmark too quickly again, we risk that the infections will increase too strongly and then we have to close again,” added Frederiksen.

Other restrictions, including the ban on gathering more than 10 people, will remain in place until at least May 10, and larger gatherings will only be allowed in August.

Denmark has reported 187 coronavirus-related deaths and 4,681 people infected out of a population of 5.6 million.

The number of people dying every day fell to seven on Sunday, compared to 14 on Saturday and 18 on Friday, as the number of people hospitalized also decreased.

Denmark’s announcement came shortly after Austria announced that it was targeting a “resurrection” in the aftermath of Easter.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, represented in Parliament, said easing restrictions may need to be reversed
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, represented in Parliament, said easing restrictions may need to be reversed

Austria, which shares a border with hard-hit Italy, will seek to reopen some stores, but will expand the requirement to wear masks from April 14.

Speaking in Vienna, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned that an “emergency brake” might be needed if the number of people with the virus increased again.

He said that small stores, hardware stores and garden centers would be open but that the number of people allowed inside would be limited and that everyone should wear masks. Larger stores will follow on May 1.

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Restaurants, hotels and schools may reopen in mid-May, depending on infection and death figures in Austria, who were detained on March 16.

Wearing a mask will also become mandatory on public transport, as is currently the case in the country’s supermarkets.

Kurz said next week “will be decisive for the resurrection after Easter that we all want to take place.”

Austria saw 220 people die on Monday and 12,297 cases of coronavirus in a population of 8.9 million on Monday.

In the Czech Republic, which declared a state of emergency on March 12 and closed the borders four days later, plans to reopen more stores from Thursday.

People wearing face masks in Prague
People wearing face masks in Prague

Currently, supermarkets, pharmacies and garden stores are allowed to operate. This will be expanded to include stores selling building materials, leisure supplies and bicycles, according to their Minister of Industry and Commerce.

All stores will be required to have disinfectant and disposable gloves at the entrance for customers, as well as to comply with social distancing rules.

Other stores may open after Easter and the Czech government approved a proposal on Monday to relax its travel ban, allowing people to travel abroad for business, family or business travel. medical reasons. Anyone returning to the country must observe isolation for two weeks.

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The Czech Republic saw 78 people die and 4,822 cases among its 10.7 million inhabitants.

Countries like Singapore and Japan are examples of warning for European leaders who are considering lifting the restrictions.

The two Asian countries experienced waves of new infections after the easing of the lockdown measures, with Japan announcing a month-long emergency for Tokyo and six other regions on Tuesday. Singapore has started a one-month partial lockout.


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