Both Italy and Spain, two of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, have started to ease their social distancing lockdowns as the number of coronavirus cases continues to drop.
After a two-week halt to the economy, Spain began to lift its strict lockdown measures as the number of daily cases reported on Monday was 3,500, the lowest figure reported in the past three weeks. Nonessential workers are slowly returning to work, yet public spaces will remain closed and people continue to self-isolate.
Italy also reported its lowest number of new deaths on Sunday. Even though it is the country with the second-most deaths due to COVID-19, reports showed it has started to flatten the curve, springing hope that its strict lockdown will begin to ease down.