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Coronavirus latest: Hard-hit Europe eases restrictions

Germany, France and Spain have eased stay-at-home orders, allowing millions to return to some semblance of normality. Leaders are urging caution amid concerns of fresh clusters of cases. Follow DW for the latest.

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