New Zealand Prepares To Lift Lockdown As Dr. Birx Says US Will Continue ‘Social Distancing’ Until End Of Summer: Live Updates

Monday, April 27, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Mon, 04/27/2020

The great international experiment of coronavirus lockdowns, a movement that at its peak left more than half of the world’s population facing at least some legal restrictions on freedom of movement, has officially entered what many hope will be its final stage: Dozens of countries are beginning the process of lifting some restrictions, even if others remain in place, or are being made more stringent – such as new rules governing the wearing of facemasks in public.

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New Zealand will become the first developed country to end the lockdown entirely now that the virus has been effectively eradicated from the tiny island nation, according to its health officials. NZ’s lockdown will end at midnight local time. In neighboring Australia, officials in Sydney recently opted to seal off three recently reopened beaches due to local noncompliance. And while Australia’s reopening process is set to be much more gradual than New Zealand’s, several states plan to start the process this week, according to Australia’s Nine Network.

Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria are all on track to start easing within the coming weeks, according to Nine, while New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT haven’t released any updates.

Moving on to Asia, Singapore has continued to struggle with a brutal outbreak among its population of migrant workers who live in tightly-packed dorms on the island city-state. Singapore reported a fresh daily rise of 799 cases over the last 24 hours, launching Singapore past Japan to become the third-worst outbreak in all of Asia. Migrants account for ~3/4ths of Singapore’s 14,423 cases. That leaves it in third place in Asia, behind China and India.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, health officials have further eased restrictions as hospitals have confirmed only one case of locally-transmitted COVID-19 for an entire week.

Speaking of India, the ministry of external affairs said on Monday that it is finally planning a large-scale rescue mission to bring the thousands of Indians stranded abroad back home. On March 18, New Delhi moved to abruptly and swiftly impose aggressive travel bans that barred even its own citizens from returning home, one of the few countries in the world to take such strict action to avert a surge in coronavirus cases.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to work on Monday after more than three weeks off to battle the coronavirus. In a speech, Johnson – arguably the world’s most famous coronavirus patient aside from Tom Hanks – said Britain was slowly winning the fight against the virus, but added that it was “too early” to totally relax restrictions. He pleaded with the British public to hang on “just a little bit longer” after six weeks of lockdown.

“This is the biggest single challenge this country has faced since the war, and I no way minimize the continuing problems we face,” Johnson said during his speech.

Last night in the US, President Trump pushed back against reports that he was on the brink of firing HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

During Sunday’s press briefing, Dr. Deborah Birx said some form of social distancing will probably remain in place through the summer, even as nearly 2 dozen states prepare to start reopening their economies this week and next. Dr. Birx was slammed by far-left journalists overnight for having the audacity to tell the press not to focus so much on President Trump’s extemporaneous musings about cleaning products and ‘sunlight’.

Norway, meanwhile, announced that it would expand its ban on gatherings of more than 500 people until September. In other European news, as France, Italy, Spain and others release their plans for easing their lockdowns, Formula 1 Racing has announced that the French Grand Prix will no longer go ahead this year, becoming the tenth race of the delayed Formula One season to be cancelled or postponed.

Finally, in one of the most promising trends across Europe, Spain has reported its second lowest number of single-day deaths in over a month, second only to yesterday’s reading. Although today’s number is a little bit higher day over day, the trend of fewer cases and even fewer deaths remains firmly intact across the Spanish Republic.

Spain’s Ministry of Health said Monday that 331 people had succumbed to the virus over the last day. This compares with Sunday’s toll of 288 people, the lowest total since March 20. However, it is below all the other daily totals recorded for the past five weeks. The cumulative death toll is 23,521 people. Meanwhile, another 100k Spaniards have officially recovered from the virus. Spain also reported 9,570 new cases, bringing the countrywide total to 226,629.

One Response to “New Zealand Prepares To Lift Lockdown As Dr. Birx Says US Will Continue ‘Social Distancing’ Until End Of Summer: Live Updates”

  1. War Profit

    Don’t wear masks, wear masks, 6′ distance, the virus can travel 20′, oil $30 a barrel, oil -$37 a barrel, stock market 28k, stock market 18k,,,.
    Look at what has happened, vs what we have been told in the past 5-6 weeks.
    This is a world orchestrated, at a very high level.

    193 nations signed agenda 2030. They are rolling out 5G, while they gave locked the entire world inside their homes.

    When you look into this, its 1984, eventually pushing everyone into the snart cities.

    #6259
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