A number of European countries announced over the last few days easing harsh restrictions related to the Coronavirus (known also as COVID-19). Those strict measurements were imposed to confront the third wave of COVID-19 that threatened the continents during the winter season.
In Italy where the number of infections with the deadly virus reduced significantly, the authorities had decided to reopen the stands of stadiums over matches of football.
On the other hand, students returned to schools as well as opening restaurants and pubs in order to flourish the tourism sector during the summer.
French President Emanuel Macron said over an interview with the local newspaper that by May 19th we need to re-discover our French lifestyle along with taking wisdom and responsibility into account.
It is worth noting the May 19 is the milestone of the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions until terminating these easements by the end of June.
As of July 1st, stadiums, cinemas, museums in France will be reopened according to El Pais, a wide-circulated Spanish newspaper.
A barrier is still erecting on the borderline between Germany and France although the Schengen Treaty abolished the setting of border controls within the European Union.
But the German authorities did so in an attempt to prevent the spread of Corona.
After a year passed, the physical fence disappeared, but administrative barriers still exist. In a few places, the desire to restore the pre-COVID-19 world appears.
In contradiction of France, Germany did not a detailed plan to ease the restrictions of the COVID-19.
However, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel assured that restrictions will be eased for those who were vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Even though those countries that think of lifting restrictions may retreat later if the pandemic worsens so caution seems logical.
The Spanish paper added that the Europeans thought the vaccines are able to avoid rising infections but that was not true.
“It was a mistake,” says epidemiologist Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute for Global Health at the University in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Now there is a small risk of a fourth wave before vaccination can prevent it.”