Christiane Woopen, a professor at the University of Cologne and an adviser to the North Rhine-Westphalian government, told governments in the Financial Times that governments could talk to the public about easing restrictions.
“While it’s clear we can’t talk about when the opening will start, we can talk about what it will look like. Society deserves it. They face a lot of difficulties. They need to trust what political leaders will do in the coming months, “Woopen told the newspaper.
In France, “off the agenda” tracking
The quarantine planned for April 15 in France is likely to be extended, the country’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe, said.
France24.com presents several possible mitigation scenarios.
“It is unlikely that the end of quarantine will happen in one step everywhere and to everyone,” Philippe told reporters, stressing that any decision will be made primarily in the light of public health needs.
Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Anthony's Hospital in Paris, Karine Lacombe france24.com said a sudden lifting of all restrictions would threaten a second wave of infections.
Prime Minister Philippe spoke about easing restrictions in one region after another, as well as a new testing policy.
According to Arnaud Fontanet, an epidemiologist at the Pasteur Institute, the partial lifting of restrictions should be accompanied by mass testing.
“It simply came to our notice then. France needs huge testing capabilities and teams to detect and isolate outbreaks very locally, “he told Europe 1 radio.
Tarp france24.com the scenario identified is long-term self-isolation or quarantine for the most vulnerable until collective immunity is acquired. Such a scenario is also supported by A. Fontaneto.
“Those people should stay in isolation for longer. People over the age of 60 are at higher risk of severe symptoms, complications and death from the virus, ”said Fontaneta, who recommended stricter measures in the nursing home to protect their residents.
It is said that such a scenario would allow a large part of the society, which is less vulnerable, to get out of restrictions faster and contribute to the recovery of the country's economy.
The team at Imperial College London announced in mid-March that social distance might need to be maintained for 18 months or more, at least intermittently, before the Covid-19 vaccine became available.
Le Monde health journalist Chloe Hecketsweiler wrote that such a policy of intermittent locking was one of the first strategies discussed.
“After the first wave of infection, society is allowed to return to the old way of life. The virus circulates again, then a new quarantine is needed to avoid overburdening healthcare systems and so on until collective immunity is acquired, ”Hecketsweiler quotes france24.com.
She added that while collective immunity “works on paper”, it would probably be difficult to implement, especially in the long run.
Prime Minister Philippe has vehemently rejected proposals that France could use surveillance in the fight against coronavirus – that it would be illegal in the country.
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On Sunday, more than 92,000 people were confirmed in France. infections, 8,078 people died.
Opening in Denmark – after Easter?
Last week, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced that the party could gradually begin to open after Easter.
“If we all stick together firmly in the next two weeks before Easter, and if the numbers remain stable over the next two weeks, the government will gradually begin a calm and controlled opening of the country after Easter,” she said.
In an interview with public broadcaster DK M. Frederiksen on Sunday, despite the opening, the return will not return to Denmark as it was before March 6.
She said the restrictions would apply in a variety of areas, from public transport to public or private events.
“It simply came to our notice then. Or stand very close to each other with a lot of other people and have a good party together, ”Drederiksen told DK.
It is said that during the transition period it may be necessary to work and attend school at different times.
“We will have to work in a more unstable way than we are used to, meet at different times. In the short term, I do not see how all children can attend school or all young people can start studying at the same time, “said the country's prime minister.
She warned that while current figures are positive – fewer infected people are being hospitalized – this could change quickly once the restrictions are relaxed.
“The house of cards could collapse. And it could happen faster than we imagine, “Ms Frederiksen quotes thelocal.dk.
According to Sunday data, more than 4.6 thousand people were infected in Denmark, and Covid-19 claimed 179 lives.
Opening up to factories but not to clubs
A study by the Ifo research center in Munich describes a “tailored risk” strategy. According to it, some age groups, regions, social and business functions can resume activity earlier than others, writes The Financial Times.
Given that the risk of developing severe symptoms in children is low, lessons could be taught in schools again, thus easing the burden on working parents. However, older people and those at high risk must remain “locked in” for several months.
High automation factories could reopen, but nightclubs should be at the end of the line, Ifo's study quoted The Financial Times as saying.
According to Martin Lohse, a professor of pharmacology at the university and one of the authors of the Ifo study, the easing of restrictions should be accompanied by more intensive testing. It is said that more than 80 million. in a country with a population of 50 thousand per day. tests are not enough.
According to Lohse, an antibody test would also be needed to start easing restrictions, even if none of the tests currently being tested in the world are accurate enough. In addition, governments should increase the production of protective measures such as face masks.
In France, it is currently being considered mandatory to wear face masks in public, writes The Financial Times.
In Germany, over 100 thousand. cases, 1,584 people died.
In Austria, mitigation has been in place since Monday
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday that the country could begin easing its quarantine measures next week, but that will depend on how citizens comply with social distance rules.
“The goal is that from April 14 … smaller stores (up to 400 sq. M.), As well as household and garden goods stores, could start working again, of course, under strict security conditions,” Kurzas told a news conference. .
He added that according to the government's schedule, larger stores would reopen on May 1, and hotels, restaurants and other service establishments would open from mid-May.
However, the Chancellor stressed that the movement restrictions imposed by Austria to stop the spread of the coronavirus remain in place, and urged Austrians to celebrate Easter only with the people with whom they live.
Schools will remain closed until mid-May, and public events will be banned until the end of June, Kurzas said.
If the pandemic trend starts to worsen again, the government will “always have the opportunity to apply the emergency brakes” and lift the constraints, he said.
It is planned to extend the quarantine in Lithuania
Giedrius Surplys, the prime minister's adviser leading the public information group, said on Monday that the quarantine will probably be extended this week, it is not yet clear when.
He also pointed out that his conditions could be eased – the business is allowed to gradually return to normal. True, it is not yet clear to whom. By noon, the government is waiting for the business’s own proposals on how to get back to work safely.
G.Surplys asked the public to stay at home during Easter, not to visit older relatives.