The European Union’s high official on Monday proposed a 30-day ban on non-essential journey into the bloc to sluggish the unfold of the novel coronavirus, whereas insisting on the necessity to maintain the inner borders between the 27 member states as open as potential.
After the surge of COVID-19 instances in Europe led the Italian authorities to place the nation on lockdown, different international locations have applied drastic measures and journey restrictions, together with partially closing their borders.
Talking after a rare videoconference assembly of the leaders of the G7 international locations, European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen mentioned journey restrictions must be in place for an preliminary interval of 30 days, which could be extended if needed.
“The much less journey, the extra we are able to include the virus,” she mentioned.
Nevertheless, Von der Leyen mentioned long-term residents within the European Union, frontier employees, relations of European Union nationals and diplomats could be exempted from the restrictions.
“Important workers — resembling medical doctors, nurses, care employees, researchers and consultants that assist tackle the coronavirus — ought to proceed to be allowed within the EU,” she mentioned. “Folks transporting items are exempted, too.… The stream of products to the European Union should proceed to safe the provision of products, together with important objects resembling drugs, but additionally meals and elements that our factories want.”
Von der Leyen additionally urged member states to co-ordinate on a Europe-wide stage to make sure…