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EU temporary restricts non-essential travel for 30 days


Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

16th Mar, 2020. 11:30 pm
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European Union coronavirus

The EU on Monday announced plans to introduce a temporary ban on non-essential travel to the territory of the bloc’s member countries to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to the details, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the measure aims to prevent the virus from gaining more potential.

Under the plan, non-EU citizens will not be allowed in the bloc for an initial 30 days, but this may later be extended.

The sources of Anadolu Agency said that von der Leyen explained, The proposal will be finalized on Tuesday.

Von der Leyen and the president of the European Council already informed the leaders of the G7 — the seven most advanced economies of the world — about the plans on restricting non-essential travel in a videoconference on Monday afternoon.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also shared the details in her tweet.

WHO sees outbreak of new coronavirus as pandemic

Earlier on march 11, The World Health Organization sees the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

He told a news conference, “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”

 

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