Spain and Austria began letting some workers return to their jobs on Tuesday, despite a warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the COVID-19 pandemic has not peaked.
Speaking at a briefing in Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris acknowledged a stabilization in cases in parts of Europe but pointed to surges elsewhere.
Britain has extended its lockdown edict until May 7 at the earliest, with India and France targeting May 3 and May 11, respectively, to start easing restrictions. In the United States — which is the new epicenter of the pandemic, with 23,568 lives lost to date — debate continues to brew over when to start reopening the economy.
President Trump had predicted a return to normal after the Easter holiday, but maintains that the call is his to make. Meanwhile, a coalition of governors from 10 states on Monday entered into two regional pacts aimed at coordinating gradual economic reopenings as outbreaks in the participating states appear to finally be waning.