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Europe prepares to roll back Covid-19 restrictions
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Europe prepares to roll back Covid-19 restrictions

Issued on: 27/04/2020 – 11:04Modified: 27/04/2020 – 11:04

The governments of France, Italy and Spain are releasing plans this week for an easing of lockdowns imposed to curtail the spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic as other EU nations are monitoring how the continents hardest-hit countries handle the lifting of restrictions.

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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe will present the government's plan to unwind the Covid-19 lockdown to parliament on Tuesday and parliament will then vote on the measures.

Italy, which has recorded the worlds highest official death toll from the disease, is also set to emerge from lockdown, the longest to date, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte promising Italians on Sunday they would soon be allowed to stroll in parks and visit relatives as the country.

The Spanish government has also announced a gradual reopening of economic activity in the coming weeks, with children allowed outdoors for a brief period over the wee..

Hard-hit Spain charts course out of Covid-19 lockdown
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Hard-hit Spain charts course out of Covid-19 lockdown

Issued on: 28/04/2020 – 19:38Modified: 28/04/2020 – 19:40

Spain will transition out of its strict virus lockdown in four phases through the end of June, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Tuesday.

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Since March 14, Spain has enforced one of the world's strictest lockdowns in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has so far claimed nearly 24,000 lives in the country.

Experts believe the epidemic peaked on April 2 when 950 people died over 24 hours.

The Spanish cabinet met for hours on Tuesday to approve a plan for gradually reducing the restrictions.

"In the best-case scenario, this de-escalation phase will take a minimum of six weeks and the maximum duration we want to see is eight weeks for the whole of Spain," Sanchez said.

"By the end of June, we as a country will have entered into the new normality if the epidemic remains under control," he said.

Spain, he said, has already entered into a preparatory "phase zero", w..