UK, Germany and France are studying reopening and easing

LONDON – Thanks to a better trend in infections than in recent weeks and to the progress of the vaccination campaign, various countries are evaluating a plan of gradual reopening and relaxation.

UK

On May 17 there will be a certain “opening” for British travel abroad. Boris Johnson explained this, however urging caution. “We have to be very, very tough,” the prime minister said.

This is a response to the request from a cross-party group of parliamentarians, who believe the government should discourage people from traveling abroad unless for essential reasons. According to more than 60 politicians, airports are “fertile ground” for the virus, due to the intermingling of travelers from more or less safe areas.

“We want to do some opening on May 17th, but I don’t think the people of this country want to see an influx of disease anywhere else. I certainly don’t and we have to be very, very tough and we have to be as cautious as possible as we continue to open up, ”Johnson explained to reporters.

So can UK citizens plan summer holidays? “We will say more as soon as possible,” adds Johnson, who has repeatedly stressed the importance of caution at this stage. “We need to make sure we don’t see the virus come back.” Another novelty could be introduced starting from 21 June: the elimination of social distancing. “We have a good chance of being able to do without the extra meter.” The decision will be made only if the contagion data allows it, the prime minister concluded.

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Meanwhile, the vaccination campaign, the most efficient in Europe, has reached 50 million doses, including more than 15 million second doses. And thanks to this extensive immunization, Britain has now registered only one death and 1,649 new cases of Covid-19.

Germany

Starting next weekend, the restrictive measures for those recovered from Covid-19 and for the vaccinated should be lifted in Germany. At the moment there is nothing official, but according to Bild the governing parties CDU-CSU and SPD have found an agreement in this sense.

When asked about this, government spokesman Steffen Seibert confirmed that the German parliament could launch a package of easing for vaccinated people within the week. Health Minister Jens Spahn explained, also at a press conference in Berlin, that from this point of view the certification of having received two doses of the vaccine will be equivalent to a negative test for those flying to Germany from abroad.

France

The de-confinement process kicks off today, aimed at revoking all restrictions by the end of June. It starts with the restoration of internal mobility in the country and the return to the classroom for high school students, to whom do-it-yourself tests for weekly use will be distributed.

Distance learning will not be completely abolished, but alternated with face-to-face teaching in the 15 departments where the coronavirus circulates with greater vehemence. Prime Minister Jean Castex commented: “France can be proud of being one of the countries in the world where schools have been more open and we want to continue like this.”

On May 19, however, the start of the curfew will postpone from 7pm to 9pm and cinemas, showrooms and museums will reopen, as well as cafes and restaurants with outdoor spaces. In the event of a favorable epidemiological curve, on 9 June the curfew could be delayed to 11 pm and there will be the green light to the gyms, in addition to the interior spaces of cafes and restaurants.

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