SPAIN is to allow some non-essential workers to return to their jobs as coronavirus restrictions are partially eased Despite the death toll hitting 96,
The government tightened the country lockdown by halting all non-essential activities on March , which confined most of the population to their homes.
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(9) A police officer hands a mask to a commuter returning to work in Vigo, northwestern Spain (Credit: EPA
Passengers on the Madrid metro are handed masks on their way to work
The partial return to work in Spain will put pressure on the UK government to come up with a similar strategy, though the cabinet is divided on when to end a lockdown that’s costing the economy £ 2.4bn a day.
Italy is also easing its lockdown – Europe’s longest – with shops selling books, stationery and children’s clothes to re-open on Tuesday.
Coronavirus ravaged Spain’s death toll figures. began to rise slightly at the weekend after recently showing a downward trend.
The country will allow workers in industry and construction to return to work after the two-week shutdown.
Those who can work from home are strongly encouraged by authorities to continue doing so.
In a televised address to the nation Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned Spain had not yet entered the “second phase” in the fight against the coronavirus.
9 An early morning commuter wearing a face mask comes out of a train at the Atocha Station in Madrid (Credit: AFP or licensors )
He said a “de-escalation” of lockdown measures will start at the earliest in two weeks and will be “very gradual and very prudent. “
“We’re still far from victory, from the time when we get normality back in our lives,” he said.
“We’re all keen to go back out on the street – but our desire to win the war and prevent a relapse is even greater.”
Shops will remain closed other than supermarkets, fruit stands, bakeries, butchers, news stands and pharmacies.
On Monday, an army of , 17 police and Civil Protection workers will start to distribute ten million masks for travelers to use on public transport.
9 (Civil Guards hand in masks to drivers in Murcia, Spain) : Credit: EPA
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