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AS EUROPE CONTINUES TO GRADUALLY REOPEN


In  England , on 8/5, Minister of Culture, Digital, Sports and Communications Oliver Dowden said that the Premier League football tournament has not been "green light" to organize the rest of the remaining rounds. 

However, he also emphasized that the government hopes this year's season can be completed, regardless of the barriers such as venue and health checks. Expected, on 11/5, the Premier League teams will meet to discuss plans related to "Project Restart" - a project to find solutions to resume the national football tournament of fame, the most famous language in the world. 

To date, some of the top soccer leagues in Europe have announced the cancellation of this year's season due to COVID-19, such as Belgium, the Netherlands or France.

By 6 am 9/5 (UK time), England had 211,364 cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 4,649 cases compared to the previous day) and 31,241 deaths (an increase of 626 cases).
Meanwhile, Spain  recorded a total of 260,117 cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 3,262 cases from the previous day) and 26,299 deaths (an increase of 229 cases). 

On 8/5, beaches in Barcelona city were allowed to reopen after nearly two months of closing. According to the new decision, from 6am to 10am every day, people are allowed to swim, surf and jog on the beach but under the supervision of the police. Earlier, other Spanish cities such as San Sebastian and Valencia also allowed beaches to be open to residents. 

Following Spain is Italy with 215,858 cases and 29,958 deaths, England with 206,715 cases and 30,615 deaths.
Russia  has surpassed Germany and France in the total number of cases and is the fourth highest country in Europe. 

May 8 is the sixth consecutive day that Russia recorded the number of COVID-19 cases that day, increasing by more than 10,000. In the past 24 hours, the country has detected 10,699 new cases in 83 federal subjects, bringing the total number of COVID-19 to 187,859. Meanwhile, the total number of deaths was 1,723, an increase of 98 cases compared to the previous day.

In many European countries, the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 epidemic are gradually being lifted. On May 8,  Switzerland  said it would continue to relax restrictions on immigration from Europe, while considering reopening the border. In addition, Switzerland will test a mobile application this month, allowing users to know if they are near a person with COVID-19. Up to now, Switzerland has detected 30,207 cases of COVID-19 and 1,810 deaths.

Norway is  also loosening restrictions, including reopening schools next week and removing the maximum number of people allowed to gather in public.

Norway currently records 8,055 cases of COVID-19, of which 218 deaths. Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced on May 7 that the country was able to control the epidemic and thanked the joint efforts of the people.

Greece and Denmark  also reopened their cultural and recreational venues. In particular, Greece began allowing museums to reopen from June 15, the open-air archaeological relics will open from May 18, followed by restaurants and bars - on June 15. 1/6. Currently Greece has 2,691 cases of COVID-19 and 150 deaths.

In Denmark, museums, theaters, cinemas, open-air theme parks and zoos are allowed to reopen on June 8. The ban on gathering was also relaxed from the current 10 to 30-50 depending on the nature of the event. Since the outbreak, Denmark has recorded 10,218 cases with 522 deaths.

Meanwhile,  France It is expected from May 11 that the relaxation of the blockade, which has been in place since mid-March, will begin to ease after the number of infections and deaths shows signs of declining. Loosening of blockade will be carried out in all areas, including areas classified as red (where the incidence of the disease is high), but there will be certain restrictions. High schools and parks in the "red areas" have not been reopened. 

Large shopping centers will be resumed nationwide but only in Paris will it be closed. From next week, people can go outside without a permit, but only within 100 km of their residence if there is an emergency. Shops will also be reopened, but cafes and restaurants will remain closed. 

About 80-85% of the 50,500 schools in France can also be opened. In the past 24 hours, the number of COVID-19 deaths in France has increased by 242 cases to a total of 26,230 cases, while the number of cases is 176,079, an increase of 1,288 cases.

While the epidemic has calmed down in European countries,  Russia  is coping with the COVID-19 crisis in a period of tension. On May 8, Moscow authorities decided to extend the blockade measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 until the end of May after the country recorded consecutive days of recording new cases, over 10,000. 

Currently, Russia has surpassed France and Germany in the total number of COVID-19 cases, with 187,859 cases, including 1,723 deaths.

On the same day, May 8, the European Commission (EC) said that the bloc supported in order to continue restricting entry for another 30 days, until mid-June, within the framework of applying special measures to prevent the spread of an acute respiratory infection COVID-19, despite great damage to trade and tourism. 

Also on this day, the ministers of the Eurozone have officially approved the amount of up to 240 billion euros, equivalent to 260 billion USD, to support the struggling European countries towels caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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