When Will Life Start To Return To Normal
Where China has slowly started to re-open their society and economy, Saudi announced a 24-hour lockdown and Kuwait has extended their lockdown to 23 April to bring decline in the surge of coronavirus cases.
Denmark announced it would gradually re-open, beginning with nurseries, kindergartens, and primary schools.
In Singapore, all social gatherings of any size in private and public spaces have been banned by a recent bill. The law will be in effect for six months, but could be extended for a year.
Epidemiologists have stated that places experiencing coronavirus outbreaks right now – like North America, Western Europe, and some Middle Eastern countries – may be under some form of lockdown until June.
How long lockdowns will, and can, stay in place depends largely on how long economies in these places can withstand the stress.
Most timelines put vaccine development and deployment at 18 months.
Austria announced April 6 that it intends to begin reopening non-essential sectors next week after reaching a downward trend in its case count. The country will continue to require that face masks are worn in supermarkets and those using public transport and visiting newly reopened stores will also have to wear face masks.
Spain, France, Belgium, and Finland have set up committees to determine how best to gradually relax social restrictions, Time reported.
Meanwhile, New Zealand is two weeks into a lockdown that will last at least four weeks. The country invoked restrictive measures early on, and today recorded its lowest number of new coronavirus cases, a day after testing a record number of people, the Guardian reported.
Countries around the world will have to individually weigh many considerations when deciding when and how to re-open society, such as their daily case counts and the likelihood of spurring a second wave if they open up too quickly, their healthcare system preparedness, and their economy’s ability to cope.