The World Health Organisation has no blanket recommendation for countries and regions for easing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but urged them not to lift them too early, a spokesman said.

It comes after announcements that some European nations were relaxing their recommendations. 

Austria and Denmark have set out their exit plan while Norway became the latest country to move towards a restoration of normal public life today.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg revealed that some restrictions are set to be relaxed after Easter. 

Pre-schools and some businesses will be permitted to re-open but mass gathering remain prohibited until at least mid-June. 

"One of the most important parts is not to let go of the measures too early in order not to have a fall back again," said WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier in a virtual briefing.

"It's similar to being sick yourself if you get out of bed too early and get running too early you risk falling back and having complications."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refused to speculate on a long-term plan for Ireland but acknowledged yesterday that the current guidelines that citizens are being asked to follow "can't last forever" and that there are "secondary consequences" to them. 

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