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Are we getting closer to a walk? How Canada’s COVID-19 battle stacks up to those in countries coming out of lockdown – Toronto Star

Are we getting closer to a walk? How Canada’s COVID-19 battle stacks up to those in countries coming out of lockdown | The Star

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People walk to a shopping center as stores are allowed to open in Essen, Germany, on April 20.

Local and provincial governments in Canada have said very little so far about their plans for easing COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions — but they are having closed-door discussions about how to best move forward.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has promised to release a draft of the province’s life after lockdown plan later this week, acknowledging the province is likely to be behind at least some others (British Columbia, for one, is expected to lift its regulations earlier on). And while senior Toronto politicians and health officials are showing optimisim the city’s coronavirus curve is starting to flatten, Mayor John Tory has also declined to pick a date to return to business as usual.

Some countries, however, are well ahead of Canada, having spent, on average, about month under strict quarantine rules that varied based on location. The impact and onset of COVID-19 also varied across those geographies.

This graphic shows how countries had been affected by the virus through April 21 and how that matches with the first day restrictions were lifted.

And as they start down the long delicate road of reopening, public health officials around the globe have urged there will be much discussion about how much is enough, how little is too much and, overall, how to balance the dynamics of public health, economy and public trust.

Here’s a look at the strategies employed by a handful of countries that have decided it’s time to starting thinking about a post-pandemic world in the midst of a health crisis that continues to threaten the globe.

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