As Wales continues into its tenth week of lockdown, the Welsh government is due to make an announcement on Friday detailing how it will start initial relaxing of the pandemic restrictions.

Up until now, the rules imposed in Wales have been stricter than other areas of the UK - like in England, where the restrictions have been eased allowing people to take day-trips anywhere in the country.

While the restrictions have been eased slightly in Wales, such as the reopening of garden and recycling centres, the message is still "stay local" as the Welsh Government insists it will take a "cautious approach" in making any further changes.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford announced earlier this month that the country would continue for another three weeks in lockdown whilst Prime Minister Boris Johnson encouraged people to return to work, if it is safe to do so.

The differences in the lockdown restrictions have caused confusion on both sides of the border Credit: PA

People can also meet one other person from another household as long as it is outdoors in England.

The differences have caused some confusion between the two countries, which Mr Drakeford addressed during a press conference saying he believes Wales does not look at England "with envy" at how the rules have been relaxed there, but is supportive of tackling the coronavirus pandemic with a "four nation approach."

Wales' figures during the last few weeks of the pandemic have been dropping, with the number of reported cases and deaths lowering daily.

The Welsh Government has published a traffic light scheme which shows how a gradual relaxation of the current measures would happen.But how does the situation compare with other countries around the world?

Italy has reported more than 33,000 deaths since its outbreak Credit: PA
  • Italy

One country that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic is Italy, which has endured one of the longest lockdowns.

People were told to stay indoors from 9 March as the national quarantine was announced that limited basic freedoms for the Italian population.

To date, almost 33,000 people in the country have died after contracting Covid-19.

More than two months on, the government has started to make calculated decisions to relax measures.

  • Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced last week that travel to and from Italy would resume from June 3

  • Gyms, swimming pools and sports centres in some areas reopened on 25 May

  • It is expected that cinemas and theatres will reopen to the public on 15 June

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country avoided the worst scenario. Credit: PA
  • New Zealand

New Zealand will continue to remove restrictions in the country, with their measures expected to be amongst the most relaxed anywhere in the world by the end of this week.

The country was praised for its response to the pandemic after entering lockdown on 25 March, with Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price calling for the Welsh Government to adopt a similar model itself.

  • Gatherings of up 100 people will be permitted starting Friday (May 29), up from the previous limit of ten people.

  • Beginning Friday, larger Church services would be allowed to resume, while cafes and restaurants would also be able to serve more customers.

  • Community sports will also begin again.

  • Any decision on whether to relax restrictions to the lowest level, level-1, is due in around four weeks time.

Anglers have been allowed to fish as restrictions were eased in Ireland Credit: PA
  • Ireland

There has been positive news over the last two days in Ireland with 36 new cases reported yesterday.

It first entered into lockdown on March 27 and almost six weeks later, May 18 marked the first of five phases of lifting the restrictions.

  • From last week, people were allowed to meet in groups of four but must obey the social distancing guidelines.

  • Outdoor jobs, like construction workers and gardeners, were also allowed to go back to work.

  • Some retail outlets have reopened, and outdoor sports like golf and tennis can be played.

  • Garden centres, motor and bike repair shops and opticians are among the businesses reopening.

  • Libraries and other non-essential shops will remain closed until phase two starts on 8 June.

The restrictions in Wales are different to those in England. Credit: PA
  • Croatia

Another country with a population similar to Wales is Croatia. They have seen around 2,200 cases with 100 deaths.

As a result of the drop in their R rate, the government has announced they will lift the lockdown in three stages.

  • The first phase started on April 27, with retail entities apart from those in shopping centres allowed to reopen.

  • Athletes will be allowed to recommence training in individual sports as will those competing in senior team sports.

  • The second phase would follow on May 4 and would allow the public health service to fully restore its services, including opticians and other appointments that require close contact with clients.

  • From May 11, the third phase allowed inter-city bus routes and domestic air traffic to restart.

  • Selected hospitality premises would be allowed to open.

Students are back in class in Denmark but their desks have been moved further apart as a result of the pandemic. Credit: ITV
  • Denmark

Another European country that has relaxed restrictions is Denmark with a number of schools reopening in late April.

The country had experienced a total of 561 deaths from the virus, and the government is certain the rate of infection has dropped so dramatically they have declared the spread “under control.”

  • Political parties in the country voted earlier this month to lift the remaining lockdown measures by June 8

  • From June 8 it is expected that gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed, but restrictions on over 500 will be in place until late August.

  • Last week, secondary school children were allowed to return to normal lessons with the amount of social interaction set to 'gradually increase' over the coming weeks.

  • Lifting of restrictions on June 8 will allow the reopening of museums, amusement parks, zoos and the return of indoor sports.