Coronavirus live updates: EU bans travel, flight operations affected, WWE wrestleMania canceled

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

17th Mar, 2020. 01:45 pm
Coronavirus live updates: EU bans travel, flight operations affected, WWE wrestleMania canceled

The European Union bans all unnecessary travel throughout Europe’s free travel zone as a precautionary measure.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the leaders will be asked to implement the measures on Tuesday (Today).

She said, “The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,”

French President Emmanuel Macron’s external borders of the EU would be shut down for the travelers.

He said in a televised address on Monday. “Concretely, all trips between non-European countries and EU countries will be suspended,”

Commission President said in a video conference that long-term residents, diplomats and family members of EU nationals, healthcare workers, and people transporting goods will be allowed to travel. This decision will be implemented for a month. People are allowed to move freely between EU countries without border checks under the Schengen agreement.

However, citizens of non-Schengen EU member states, including the UK, will be asked to apply the travel ban. French President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address, “Even while medics were warning about the gravity of the situation, we saw people get together in the parks, busy markets and restaurants and bars that did not respect the order to close,”

“We are at war… we’re fighting neither another army nor our nation. But the enemy is here, invisible, untouchable… and is advancing.”

Flight operations affected in Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair, and EasyJet

On the other hand, airlines have also been closed in several; areas due to travel restrictions and a decline in demand. International news states that Virgin Atlantic will close four-fifth of its flights. Staff is also asked to take eight weeks of unpaid leaves.

In addition to this, Ryanair and EasyJet are grounding most of their fleets, while BA owner IAG is to cut capacity by 75%. Norwegian Air has canceled thousands of flights and will temporarily lay off more than 7,500 staff.

Holiday company Tui has said it will suspend the “majority” of its operations, affecting “package travel, cruises, and hotel” bookings.

Passenger numbers and bookings have plummeted in recent weeks as countries closed their borders and holidaymakers canceled trips.

WWE Wrestle Mania has been canceled

WWE has canceled its WrestleMania due to a coronavirus outbreak in the US. The event was scheduled to be held on April 5 in Florida. The company said in a statement, “In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place,”

“However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m. ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida, to produce WrestleMania.”

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