Inside Story

Should countries start lifting coronavirus lockdown measures?

European nations begin easing COVID-19 restrictions even as they continue to report more cases.

Measures to stop the spread of coronavirus are affecting the lives of billions of people worldwide.

Europe accounts for half of the two million cases recorded worldwide. But some countries are easing their lockdowns, saying the rate of new infections appears to be stabilising.

Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Germany have allowed some shops and schools to reopen. Even the two hardest-hit nations, Italy and Spain, are easing restrictions.

The European Union is urging member states to carefully coordinate their plans.

So is it too soon to lift the measures? And how can we deal with the risk of a second wave of infections?

Presenter: Bernard Smith


Annelies Wilder-Smith – Professor of emerging infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Drew Thompson – Research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore

Wafaa El-Sadr – Professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University