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BBC News 18 May 2020

Coronavirus: Italy eases restrictions - 10 weeks after leading world into lockdown


Ten weeks after it became the first country in the world to impose a nationwide lockdown, Italy has begun easing its coronavirus restrictions. Shops, restaurants, bars and hairdressers are re-opening and people are free to travel within their own regions.

Italy was the epicentre of Europe's covid-19 outbreak, and almost 32,000 people have died there. Now the daily number of deaths and new cases is at the lowest level since restrictions were imposed.

Meanwhile in Brazil, the health system in the country's largest city São Paulo is close to collapse, according to the mayor. Brazil has the fourth largest number of cases in the world and there's concern that many in Brazil's cities have defied lockdown rules — including the country's President.

Fiona Bruce presents BBC News at Ten reports from Mark Lowen in Italy and Katy Watson in Brazil.

Germany has ordered a district of almost 400,000 people back into lockdown amid a widening coronavirus outbreak. This after Germany's top health experts warned that the new cluster of cases had the potential to spread quickly.
Word of the new restrictions came from Armin Laschet, premier of the country's most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia. The new outbreak is centered on a massive meat processing plant Tönnies near the city of Gütersloh. More than 1,500 workers there have tested positive for coronavirus.
Laschet says police deployments will be used to ensure the home quarantines of thousands of Toennies employees, with force if necessary.
The partial local lockdowns were imposed last week after a significant cluster of new coronavirus infections.
The United States has added a stunning 903,000 coronavirus cases in the last two weeks. CNN's John King breaks down the most recent numbers from across the country.
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