UK lockdown compared to other countries and what is different

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As lockdown in the UK reaches week five it is clear that things are being done differently here than in other countries.

Some countries are now beginning to ease their lockdowns after thousands of deaths across the world.

Italy, just two weeks after facing almost 20,000 deaths, is believed to be one of the first to lift restrictions on its people.

Seven weeks into strict lockdown, PM Giuseppe Conte announced that factories, construction sites and wholesalers can go back to work as soon as safety measures are in place.

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New Zealand, South Korea and China are also showing signs of lifting restrictions.

But things in the UK look like they will remain in place for the time being.

Mirror Online have shown how the UK's lockdown compares with other countries and what is different.

Canada

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The Government is sending six million surgical masks this week to the provinces and territories.

More than 100,000 face shields are to be shipped.

Canadian army have stepped into help during the coronavirus outbreak

An official made clear that the “strong” measures on social distancing would remain in place “until a vaccine or effective treatment’ is found”.

USA

Governors in states including hard-hit New York and Michigan are keeping stay-at-home restrictions in place until at least mid-May, while their counterparts in places such as Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska are allowing certain businesses to reopen.

President Donald Trump ’s public focus will switch from the pandemic to the economy after a series of controversial press briefings.

He was sharply criticised for publicly musing that scientists should explore injecting toxic disinfectants as a potential virus cure.

President Donald Trump speaks about reopening the country, during a roundtable with industry executives

The US has more than 1m cases, with 59,061 deaths – more than the 58,220 US troops lost in the Vietnam war.

Portugal

The aim is to relax some measures next month.

PM Antonio Costa said new rules on self-isolation and going back to work or school will be introduced every two weeks, as their impact is assessed.

The changes do not mean a return to normal. That will only happen once there is a vaccine.

Portugal was quick to enact a lockdown and has reported 903 deaths from Covid-19 – far fewer than neighbouring Spain, with more than 23,500.

Spain

Children have just been allowed to go outside for the first time in six weeks.

But heavy fines remain in place for those caught breaking the strict social distancing rules.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is due to present a detailed plan for the “de-escalation” of lockdown, but said the scheme would be cautious.

From Friday, people of all ages will be allowed to go on walks or practise sports outdoors.

Italy

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A timetable for lifting some of the strictest lockdown conditions has been revealed.

From May 4, parks and gardens will reopen, funerals will be allowed, athletes can resume training, and people will be able to visit relatives living in the same region.

If all goes well, stores and museums will reopen May 18, and restaurants, cafes and salons on June 1.

France

Half a million masks were being handed out today in stations around Paris, with France set to ease public transport restrictions.

Unions expressed fears at plans to let people move freely with a mask from May 11. The country will be divided into red zones, where Covid-19 was still circulating, and green zones with less risk.

Train operator SNCF urged employers to continue home-working and offer flexible shifts.

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You currently need a document before you leave the house.

That will only be necessary after May 11 if the journey is more than 100km (62 miles), “for compelling family or professional reasons”.

But no beaches will be open until June at least.

Japan

Japan has introduced a much stricter policy on movement of people.

The government is adding 14 more countries, including Russia, Peru and Saudi Arabia, to the entry ban list, with infections continuing to spread.

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Japan has already banned entry from more than 70 other countries, banning foreigners with records of visiting those countries in the past two weeks, while invalidating visas for the rest of the world.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been delayed by 12 months to start in July 2021 – with officials warning it will be cancelled if delayed again.

Switzerland

It is now safe for children under the age of 10 to hug their grandparents, in a revision to official advice on coronavirus.

The health ministry’s infectious diseases chief Dr Daniel Koch said scientists had concluded young children did not transmit the virus.

Businesses such as hair salons, tattoo parlours, vets and garden shops set to open.

It is part of a multi-tiered approach to gradually ease restrictions.

Schools and businesses back on May 11, followed by a vastly expanded reopening on June 8.

Germany

Recovered Covid-19 patient Brigitte Tanzeyi in Neustadt, Germany

Masks must be worn on public transport in a move copied by France this week.

Extended a warning against global travel until June 14.

That means no decision has yet been taken on families taking their children on summer holidays.

In common with several other EU states, it closed some of its land borders last month to curb the spread of coronavirus and repatriated 240,000 German travellers from abroad.

“A normal holiday that we’ve grown used to with full beaches won’t happen this year anywhere, whether in Europe or anywhere else in the world," Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

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Germany is predicting a 6.3% fall in economic output in 2020, bigger than the slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis.

Australia

More than 1m downloaded a smartphone app designed to accelerate contact tracing for coronavirus, despite some privacy concerns.

Government officials intend to rush legislation through parliament to outlaw the use of collected data for purposes other than tracing people who might have Covid-19.

The government says at least 40% of the Australian population needs to take up the technology,based on Singapore’s TraceTogether app, for it to be effective.

Non-urgent surgeries this week for the first time since March 27 as confidence grows that hospitals will not be overwhelmed by Covid-19.

China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus

South Korea

Set to reopen schools as the number of cases begins to fall.

Has seen 26 straight days where reported new cases were in double figures.

Using an active test-and-quarantine programme, South Korea has so far managed to slow its outbreak without imposing lockdowns or business bans.

However, remote-learning programmes were put in place for schoolchildren. They will return to school with social distancing at the start of May.

New Zealand

The country is reaping rewards from its "hard and fast" policy on restrictions implemented early.

It reported just five new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and has not seen widespread community transmission.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country had so far managed to avoid the worst scenarios.

On Wednesday certain businesses such as construction were allowed to reopen, but social distancing rules will still apply.

China

The country where the outbreak began reported just three new cases on Tuesday after 12 days without recording a Covid-19 death in April.

A total of 723 people remain in hospital suffering from the virus, while a further 1,000 are being kept in isolation.

State-run media said hospitals in Wuhan, where the pandemic was first reported, no longer has any cases.

China’s overall death toll was reported as 4,633 from 82,830 cases.

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