The head of the WHO noted the importance of gradual steps.
Some countries are taking cautious steps to ease out-of-home bans imposed to control the spread of the new coronavirus.
German authorities have allowed some small stores to open since Monday, but still require compliance with social distance rules.
Hundreds of small businesses in Albania were allowed to open for the first time on Monday after a month-long break. Fishing vessels and food processing plants will also be able to resume operations.
Sri Lanka has lifted curfews in two-thirds of the country and plans to ease restrictions on leaving home in the rest of the country on Wednesday.
Educational institutions in Norway resumed working as usual on Monday. In Denmark, it is planned to do the same on Wednesday.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus said that his “encouraging” reports from different countries about plans to mitigate the social limitations. At the same time, he noted that “it is extremely important that these measures are introduced in stages.”
New Zealand announced on Monday plans to exit gradually the month-long quarantine starting on April 27. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that some restrictions will be relaxed for two weeks, during which the government will assess the situation and decide on the further lifting of the bans.
South Korean authorities also called for a cautious approach after lifting some restrictions on leaving the home amid a gradual reduction in the number of new infections.
“We must not let our guard down until the last confirmed patient recovers,” President Moon Jae-In said.
A British government Minister has said pubs and restaurants will remain closed after the country begins easing its nationwide quarantine on May 7.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said mines and factories could resume operations, but extended for another two weeks restrictions on leaving home that were due to end on Sunday.
Businesses and schools across much of the United States remain closed, leading to protests against governors and their orders that people stay at home and avoid social contact if possible.
In the capitals of several states, small groups, mostly consisting of Trump’s supporters, took to the streets, complaining that the bans violate their constitutional rights.
President Trump, at a briefing on coronavirus on Sunday, said that some governors were “carried away” by the bans and that people have the right to protest. At the same time, he said that all this, in the end, does not matter, because the states will begin to restore socio-economic life.
Some governors, however, claim that their states are still a long way off.
“We send completely contradictory messages to governors and the people as if we should ignore Federal policies and Federal recommendations,” said Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
Washington State’s Democratic Governor, Jay Inslee, called Trump’s message that states are starting to open up “dangerous.”
Besides, a member of the White House working group on coronavirus SIMA Firm said that from now on, American nursing homes are required to inform patients and their families about the detection of cases of COVID-19 in these institutions. They must also inform the Federal health authorities of all such cases.
Older people are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, and some nursing homes – not only in the US but also in other countries – have been criticized for allegedly lacking transparency.