Round up: UK eases restrictions, Russia bans ventilators after hospital fires

Madrid Desk, May 13 (efe-epa).- Parts of the United Kingdom have started to ease coronavirus restrictions while Russia has recalled a specific model of ventilator after a deadly hospital fire.

Elsewhere in Europe the Covid-19 death rate in Spain has continued to stabilise while Italy was set to approve new economic measures.


Some restrictive measures that have been in place since 23 March to contain the spread of Covid-19 were lifted in England on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has released a 51-page document described as a “conditional plan”.

The measures will not apply to the whole of the United Kingdom, which has reported 230,900 infections and 33,200 deaths out of a population of 67 million.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have maintained stricter restrictions and have stuck to a “Stay at Home” policy.

Johnson’s government adopted a new “Stay Alert” message which the other leaders have criticised as ambiguous and confusing.

People in England can spend longer outdoors, exercise for an unlimited time outside, sunbathe in parks and meet one person from outside their household.

Estate agents will resume property viewings, while anyone who cannot work from home will be able to return to employment.

Golf, tennis clubs and garden centres will also reopen.

The second phase of Jonhson’s plan will start on 1 June with a staggered reopening of schools and shops if the virus reproduction rate in the country remains below one.

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