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  • As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, some countries are putting their citizens on various forms of lockdown, though that's not a technical term used by public-health officials.
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  • Most countries, including Spain, Germany, and South Korea, have started relaxing lockdown measures. The results have been mixed.
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  • More than 774,769 people have died and over 21,918,920 have been infected by the coronavirus worldwide.
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Countries around the world are implementing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, from national quarantines to school closures.

Several countries (like Spain, Iran, Italy, Denmark, Israel, and Germany) that previously imposed restrictions are beginning to lift lockdown measures. But results have been mixed.

While "lockdown" isn't a technical term used by public-health officials, it can refer to anything from mandatory geographic quarantines to non-mandatory recommendations to stay at home, closures of certain types of businesses, or bans on events and gatherings, Lindsay Wiley, a health law professor at the Washington College of Law, told Vox.

Here are the countries and territories that have implemented mandatory mass quarantines so far - and how some of them are beginning to open up.

While hit hard, Spain is beginning to reopen. It ended its state of emergency on June 21.

Spain, which was initially hard hit but had seen success in containing the virus, is seeing a new wave of infections.

According to NPR, nightclubs have now been closed, and restaurants and bars will have to close by 1:00 a.m. Protesters demonstrated against new public mask mandates on Sunday.

The country has had more than 28,646 deaths and 359,082 cases as of Tuesday.

Iran has begun to reopen its major highways and stores, as well as mosques.

Iran, which was hit early with a severe coronavirus outbreak, has started to reopen its capital, major highways, and stores.

According to Yahoo News, an Iranian newspaper was reportedly shut down after quoting a former member of the country's coronavirus task force; they said that the actual number of cases and deaths could be 20 times higher than official reports.

As of Tuesday, the country had 347,835 infections and 19,972 deaths.

Italy has introduced new measures for the first time since its lockdown ended.

On Monday, Italy put in place new restrictions for the first time since exiting lockdown, the Washington Post reports.

Nightclubs will close, and those participating in nightlife will have to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

At least 254,235 people have been infected, and 35,400 have died from the coronavirus in Italy as of Tuesday.

Singapore began a phased reopening.

Schools have reopened with a combination of in-person and virtual learning, and employees may return to work, although they are encouraged to work from home.

The Singapore-Malaysia border has now reopened.

South Africa has eased restrictions, although cases are now surging.

On Monday, almost all restrictions in South Africa's strict lockdown were eased, according to BBC News. The country had originally gradually eased measures in June, but then reinstated them as cases rose.

The country will be closed for international tourism until February 2021.

Morocco has stopped domestic travel into several major cities.

Following an ease in restrictions and a rise in cases, the country stopped allowing people to enter and exit several major cities at the end of July, Reuters reports.

Venues like restaurants can reopen with half capacity, and sports will resume without fans.

On June 11, shops, local commerce, and industries reopened. Domestic flights could resume on June 25.

The government has arrested at least a dozen people for spreading false coronavirus news, according to US News & World Report.

Many countries have also closed borders to prevent international travelers from spreading the virus.

These countries include:

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  • Canada's borders won't reopen for Americans until at least September 21. Schools are set to reopen in a few weeks.
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  • Latvia reopened its borders with Lithuania and Estonia on May 15, and its state of emergency ended on June 9. It has reopened for tourism.
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  • The Maldives reopened to tourists on July 15.
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  • North Korea has shut down airline flights and train service with neighboring countries, and established quarantines for recent travelers. It recently lifted a lockdown on a city bordering South Korea.
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  • Qatar stopped all incoming flights to the country and shut down shops in main commercial areas. It entered its first phase of reopening on June 15, and restaurants, parks, and mosques could partially reopen on July 1. Borders began to reopen on August 1.
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  • Slovakia closed its borders to non-residents on March 15, and banned public events. Businesses have started to reopen, and the country is in the final stage of lifting restrictions. Face masks are no longer required there and the country will allow travel between 16 European countries.
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  • Ukraine closed its borders for foreign citizens on March 17, after the first death from the virus within the country. A national lockdown there will remain in place through August 31.
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  • Croatia has reopened hotels and campsites. Cinemas there will reopen on August 20.
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  • In Portugal, hair salons, repair shops, dry cleaners, and other businesses have reopened. In public spaces, masks are mandatory.
Katie Warren, Holly Secon, and Sarah Al-Arshani contributed reporting.
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