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Europe eases lockdown measures, Japan lifts state of emergency


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

26th May, 2020
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Europe eases lockdown measures, Japan lifts state of emergency

Europe eased lockdown measures on Monday. Several people went to parks, gyms, and pools. On the other hand, Japan lifted its state of emergency.

However, Japan focused on vigilance to avoid another wave of coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had announced that a nationwide state of emergency in Japan has been ended. 

He said, “If we lower our guard, the infection will spread very rapidly… we need to be vigilant,” he said.

Japan has 16,581 confirmed cases of coronavirus out of which 830 people have died whereas 13,612 people have recovered. The number of active cases is 2,139 so far.

Globally, there are 5,590,358 confirmed cases of coronavirus out of which 347,907 people have died whereas 196,958 have recovered. There are 58,685 active cases of coronavirus so far.

Spain, Madrid, and Barcelona have lifted certain lockdown measures, parks, and cafes have been opened for the first time after over two months. Several people went to the famous Retiro Park in Madrid. “The reopening of Retiro brings me a feeling of serenity, gives me comfort,” said Rosa San Jose, a 50-year-old schoolteacher.

Beaches have also been opened in Spain, but social distancing is still being imposed.

The Spanish government has also decided to scrap quarantine for foreigners from July 1 to promote tourism in the country.

Germany, Iceland, Italy, and Spain have reopened gyms and swimming pools, Greece has reopened restaurants for outdoor service.

“I’m thrilled to break the isolation of recent months and reconnect with friends,” said pensioner Giorgos Karavatsanis. “The cafe in Greece has a social dimension, it’s where the heart of the district beats.”

 

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