EC wants to restrict non-essential travel to the EU for 30 days

in News · 16-03-2020 16:27:00 · 1 Comments

The European Commission today proposed to restrict non-essential travel to the European Union (EU) for 30 days to try to contain the spread of the new coronavirus and to avoid putting further pressure on health systems in the community. .

"We have informed our G7 partners that we have proposed to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU," said at a press conference in Brussels, the president of the community executive, Ursula von der Leyen.

Speaking to journalists after a videoconference with the group of the most industrialized countries in the world (composed of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom), and of which the EU is also part, the official maintained that “these non-essential travel should be reduced so as not to spread the virus further within the EU, […] but also not to put more pressure on the health system ”.

“Of course there will be exceptions, for example for EU citizens who want to return home, for healthcare workers - such as doctors, nurses and also scientists working on a solution to this crisis - and for residents and frontier workers, ”said Ursula von der Leyen.

The official said that the proposal is for the restriction to be applied “for an initial period of 30 days”.

Also present at the occasion, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, pointed out that the “philosophy” of the EU involves trying to “reduce unnecessary movements of citizens, while ensuring that essential goods circulate freely, to preserve as much as possible. the integrity of the single market ”.

The coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic infected about 170,000 people, of whom 6,500 died.

Of the people infected worldwide, more than 75,000 have recovered from the disease.

After China, which records the majority of cases, Europe has become the epicenter of the pandemic, with more than 55,000 infected and at least 2,335 dead.

Italy with 1,809 deaths (in 24,747 cases), Spain with 297 deaths (8,794 cases) and France with 127 deaths (5,423 cases) are the countries most affected in Europe.

In view of the pandemic's progress, several countries have adopted exceptional measures, including the quarantine regime and border closure.

In Portugal, 331 people have been infected to date, but with no record of deaths, according to the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).


1 person has died !

By Mr John from Algarve on 17-03-2020 11:42
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