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Europe — one of the worst COVID-19 hit continents — is slowly showing signs of recovery. First Italy and now Germany has announced to ease lockdown restrictions, and bring life back to its empty streets. By Manya Saini 

 

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently confirmed that the country has successfully managed to control the first phase of the pandemic through the measures adopted by the government, thereby, announcing to ease lockdown restrictions to revive what was earlier Europe’s largest economy. Merkel, however, cautioned that they still have a long way to go before they beat the virus, and urged the people to continue social distancing. 

These relaxations will witness reopening of schools for the summer term, and Bundesliga, the German football league will resume matches from May 15. Sporting events in Germany and all over the world had been cancelled to avoid crowding. These games will take place behind closed doors without any spectators. 

 

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Moreover, the elderly living in old-age home facilities and nursing homes will be allowed to receive one visitor. Social mingling between two households will also be permitted for the first time in months. All shops and businesses are expected to open with hygiene and social distancing measures in place. 

While large public events remain banned across the state, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania plans to reopen restaurants soon, while Bavaria, a district in south Germany plans to do the same by May 18. 

As per reports, Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Tourism Thomas Bareiss, also hinted towards lifting the travel ban, if the situation remains under control for over a month. 

 

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Merkel reiterated that in comparison to other Western European countries like Britain, Spain and ItalyGermany, has seen far fewer cases and recorded a much lower death toll. She also praised the people of the country and their commitment as the key to keeping the rate of infections low. 

The move offers an insight into the positive impact that social distancing can create when it is followed religiously. Germany moving towards normalcy is a sign of revival and hope for the world as it grapples with the crisis. 

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