After the health emergency, the economic emergency took over. No less than 7 million people worldwide have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the start of the epidemic. However, the general trend towards deconfinement is confirmed almost everywhere in the world, with the aim of resuming hard-hit savings.
Even countries where the epidemic remains virulent have opted for flexibility. Latin America for example, or India which has authorized since Monday the reopening of its shopping centers and places of worship. Many temples have installed "sanitation tunnels" at their entrances.
New Zealand rugby championship
New Zealand, which welcomes the recovery of the last person who was still in solitary confinement, has lifted all of its national restrictions. This includes, and this is a world first, the resumption of a rugby championship which will only oppose five teams but where the public will be allowed in the stands. The country of five million inhabitants has registered only a thousand cases and only 22 deaths.
In Spain, which has recorded 27,000 deaths but has managed to contain the virus in recent weeks, the matches of the Football Championship will resume on Wednesday. In the Madrid region and in Barcelona, the most affected by the pandemic, phase 2 of the deconfinement plan will allow businesses to reopen, regardless of their size, from Monday. The beaches of Barcelona can also reopen for swimming. Cafes, bars and restaurants will once again be able to welcome indoor customers, drastically limiting the number of visitors.
Deconfinement in a dropper
Poland, which has also started its deconfinement, however, recorded an escalation in infections over the weekend, with 1,151 new cases. Among those infected, nearly two-thirds are employees of the Zofiowka coal mine in the south of the country, and members of their families.
On the other hand, the United Kingdom, with a total of 40,542 deaths, only lifts the restrictions drop by drop. Anyone arriving in the UK from abroad must observe from Monday a quarantine of 14 days, a measure with contested efficiency that distresses the aviation and tourism sectors. This fortnight, which will be reviewed by the government every three weeks, concerns all arrivals by land, sea and air, whether travelers reside or not in the United Kingdom. As a way out, the government of Boris Johnson is considering establishing air bridges with certain tourist destinations, such as France or Spain.
Monday marks the reopening of swimming pools and sports halls in Denmark, and in Ireland the reopening of all shops - except shopping centers - before the end of travel restrictions on June 29.
Relaxation of restrictions in America
In Brazil, the third most bereaved country in the world after the United States and the United Kingdom, the governor of Rio de Janeiro announced the relaxation of restrictions. The official balance sheet has crossed the threshold of 36,000 dead, knowing that the scientific community in Brazil considers it far below reality.
In the United States, where anti-racism demonstrations now dominate the news, the deconfinement also continues. This week, New York will enter phase 1 of the plan to reopen its economic activities. Construction companies and factories in the American economic capital will therefore be allowed to return to work. Retail businesses will be allowed to reopen in a restricted form.
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