In a sign of the turnaround, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to his Downing Street official residence, a month after he tested positive for the virus and later went into intensive care.
We cannot continue
Italy, which shut down in March as the disease’s devastation became clear, prepared to let “a large number of companies” reopen from May 4.
“We cannot continue beyond this lockdown — we risk damaging the country’s socioeconomic fabric too much,” said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
The pandemic has forced more than half of humanity into lockdown, upending life as we know it and tipping the global economy toward a recession not seen in decades.
How quickly back to normal
Several countries, including France and Germany, are planning to introduce coronavirus tracing apps to alert users if they are near someone who has tested positive.
The technology has already rolled out in Australia, sparking privacy concerns, and has been widely used in Singapore.