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What do countries look like after easing lockdowns

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May 07, 2020 08:17 IST
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Italy, Spain, Portugal and India are among the countries easing coronavirus restrictions.

Social distancing, mask wearing are the new norms as these countries continue to battle the virus pandemic, but are venturing out of their homes after extended periods of staying at home.

Performers wearing protective face shields perform at the Erawan Shrine, after the government started opening some restaurants outside shopping malls, parks and barbershops during the coronavirus disease in Bangkok, Thailand. On May 3, Thailand began gradually lifting restrictions in the country. Life has somewhat resumed but it has not returned to what was considered normal before the virus outbreak. Social distancing rules are still in effect and are strictly adhered to. Restaurants need to seat their customers 1.5m apart from one another. Hot pots cannot be shared, while food from the buffet has to be served to patrons at their tables. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
 

Domenico di Massa plays with his granddaughter Cecilia for the first time in two months after Italy allowed families to see each other again as the country begins a staged end to a nationwide lockdown due to a spread of the coronavirus disease, in Rome, Italy. Italy is leading Europe in easing lockdown measures aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus, almost two months after the epidemic hit the continent. More than 4.4 million Italians went back to work on Monday after seven weeks of extraordinary restrictive measures. The return to work came as Italy tries to cushion the economic impact of the shutdowns. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters

People wearing protective masks exercise at the Sempione park, after parks reopen as Italy begins a staged end to a nationwide lockdown due to a spread of the coronavirus disease in Milan, Italy. The relaxation of measures come as all three countries report their lowest death rates and new infection rates in weeks. Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

A couple kisses in front of the sea in Catania, Italy.Barbershops and stores selling books, sporting goods, stationery, and other items can now open, albeit with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place. Masks are now compulsory for staff and passengers on public transport and employees in shops selling fresh food. Violators face fines. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

A hairdresser wearing a face mask cuts the hair of a customer at Madrid's oldest barber's shop, on the first day of opening during the lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease in Madrid, Spain. Spain's nearly 47 million people have, since March 14, lived under the drastic containment measures, with adults authorised to leave home only to buy food, medicine or to walk the dog. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

French Henri de Chassey wearing a protective face mask, kisses his partner Margaux Rebois, who is returning to Paris on board a Thalys high-speed train after spending 2 months in Brussels, at Midi/Zuid station on the first day of the easing of lockdown measures during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Brussels, Belgium. In Belgium, this is part of the first stage of easing lockdown, while a second phase of the lockdown phase-out is currently set to begin on May 11, in which all shops will be allowed to reopen, followed by a partial reopening of schools on May 18. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

People have lunch in a Taiwanese hot pot style restaurant that reopened after the easing of restrictions with the implementation of a plastic barrier and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

A woman wearing a face mask pours beer from a tap as Italy begins a staged end to a nationwide lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus disease in Catania, Italy. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

A woman takes a photo of her friend on the Rialto bridge, as the country begins slightly relaxing restrictions as it prepares a staged end to Europe's longest lockdown due to a spread of COVID-19, in Venice, Italy. Photograph: Manuel Silvestri/Reuters

-A man excercises in protective gloves at Epicentrum's Gym, one of the businesses that reopened after a shutdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Elderly people wearing protective masks read newspapers as they sit on benches, during the hours in which the elderly are allowed to be outdoors, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Nacho Doce /Reuters

People wait in a line to apharmacy, as the country relaxes lockdown measures during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, on the island of La Graciosa, Spain. Photograph: Borja Suarez/Reuters
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