Many countries are testing new techniques to help ease restrictions without causing a second wave of infection, while others are trying radical strategies to keep the number of cases from increasing. Here are some of the more unusual tactics:
Schools in many countries will have to reopen first, allowing parents to return to work and children to resume their studies on an equal footing.
Denmark shows how this can be done, starting with students under the age of 12. The schoolyards have been divided into sections with adhesive tape and the classes are smaller so that the desks can be placed two meters apart. Children arrive and take breaks at staggered intervals, wash their hands on arrival and every two hours and stay outside as much as possible. Surfaces including sinks, toilet seats and door handles are disinfected twice a day.
Chile will begin issuing digital immunity cards this week to people who have recovered from the coronavirus, according to an announcement made Monday by health officials. The so-called “Covid cards” will be issued to people who test positive for the virus and who have shown signs of healing, after about 14 days.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier this month that the UK “is considering” the idea of a “certificate of immunity” or passport to allow those with antibodies to “return to their normal life as much as possible”.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in the United States, said that the idea that Americans have immunity certificates to prove that they have tested positive for antibodies directed against the coronavirus could “have some merit in certain circumstances.” “
Lock only at weekends
Turkey imposed blockades on weekends only – 48-hour curfews affecting three-quarters of the population in 31 provinces.
During the week, the order of stay at home only applies to people under the age of 20 or over 65. All other citizens are theoretically allowed to go out, although many small businesses are closed, restaurants open for delivery or pick-up. only public places such as parks are prohibited and banks have limited hours.
The Navajo Nation in Arizona has also enacted strict weekend closings during which members cannot leave their homes.
In Libya, members of the public are only “allowed to walk” between 7 a.m. and noon, and shops are only open during those hours.
Age specific restrictions
Turkey is not the only country to have decided to restrict travel by age. In Sweden, people aged 70 and over have been asked to stay at home. Earlier this month, researchers at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom proposed that young adults aged 20 to 30 who do not live with their parents be released from solitary confinement first.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced on April 2 that he was adopting a gender-based measure because of its simplicity in visually detecting who should and should not go out on the street. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, only men can go out; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, only women are allowed.
Panama has been doing this since April 1, arguing that the measure encourages people to stay at home because their loved ones are not allowed to go out. Some cities in Colombia, including its capital Bogota, also allow men and women to leave the house only every other day.
Chance of the draw
Parts of Colombia have also implemented additional measures. Cities like Cali and Medellin only allow people to leave their homes at certain times based on their ID number. This does not affect essential workers.
Under their eyes
Several countries have used drones to monitor locked-up citizens. The Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) authorized the use of drones to monitor citizens’ movements in March. Shortly after the United Kingdom announced foreclosure measures in late March, a police force released a video of drone footage of people walking through Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park, then that the authorities are more and more worried about draconian tactics.
Commercial drone company Draganfly partnered this month with the Australian Department of Defense and the University of South Australia to deploy “pandemic drones” to “monitor temperature, heart and respiratory rates, as well as to detect sneezing and coughing in the crowd. “
China and Kuwait have used “talking drones” to order people to go home.
Cristopher Ulloa of CNNE and Stefano Pozzebon of CNN, Ana Cucalon and Jackie Castillo contributed to the report.