The journey ban wouldn’t apply to long-term residents within the EU, border space staff, relations of European nationals and diplomats.
The plan was introduced virtually per week after a nationwide lockdown took impact in Italy – which has the very best variety of virus circumstances exterior China. Spain followed suit over the weekend, whereas different EU nations have carried out partial border closures.
The virus has contaminated greater than 50,000 folks throughout Europe and induced 2,000 deaths.
“The much less journey, the extra we are able to comprise the virus,” European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned, as she unveiled the plan that Brussels will put to the bloc’s 27 leaders at a summit to be held through video-conference on Tuesday.
“Important employees reminiscent of medical doctors, nurses, care staff, researchers and consultants that assist deal with the coronavirus ought to proceed to be allowed within the EU,” von der Leyen mentioned.
Transport staff additionally may obtain exemptions to make sure provides of “important objects reminiscent of drugs, but in addition meals and parts that our factories want,” she mentioned.
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