Czech Republic to lockdown country’s borders as of Monday

epa08293126 A waitress places an information sign about closing the restaurant in Prague, Czech Republic, 13 March 2020. The Czech government declared a state of emergency on 12 March 2020 and decided all restaurants and pubs are to close at 8pm due to coronavirus measures. 141 cases of Covid-19 have been officially confirmed in Czech Republic. EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK

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The Czech government will be banning foreigners entering the country and Czechs travelling abroad as of Monday, in an attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Friday.

There will be exceptions as the government tries to keep imports and exports running in the central European country that is highly dependent on trade and also a transit country for goods criss-crossing Europe. Truck traffic will be allowed.

Babis said the restrictions on the arrival on foreigners, with the exception of those with temporary or permanent residency, would come in from midnight Sunday into Monday.

The main Czech airline group Smartwings/Czech Airlines said it would suspend all flights to and from the country by then and ground up to 23 planes, half of its fleet.


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