Europe Tries to Ease Lockdowns With Eye on New Cases

Governments across Europe are trying to find ways to reopen shuttered economies and limit the damage caused by unprecedented measures put in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Austria became one of the first European countries to ease lockdown measures last week. The partial restart by the country, also the first on the continent to introduce curbs, will be watched by other leaders as they try and lift restrictions without a repeat surge in infections.

Covid-19 Lockdowns

Some restrictions are starting to ease as outbreaks level off

Germany is allowing smaller stores to reopen on Monday and schools will begin readmitting some students in early May, while Switzerland may allow some businesses to operate later this month. Denmark sent its youngest children back to school last week, and the government has said the country may be set for a broader rollback of its lockdown than originally planned.