EU’s external borders and Schengen area to be closed as of noon for 30 days

epa07973991 'EASY PASS' automated passport control machines are installed in the new 'Pier 3a' section of Terminal A at the Schoenefeld Airport (SFX) in Schoenefeld, Germany, during a media tour on 05 November 2019. After roughly 10 months in the making, the new terminal section of Terminal A is open and operational; it spreads over 4,000 square meters and is expected to accept both Schengen and Non-Schengen arrivals and departures to and from the German capital. EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER

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EU leaders decided to close the bloc’s external borders to travelers in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As of tomorrow noon, external borders of the European Union and the Schengen area will be closed,” Macron said in a televised address to the nation.

“All travel between non-EU countries and the European Union will be suspended for 30 days,” he added.

The month-long restriction had been proposed by the European Commission earlier in the day to help contain the coronavirus outbreak and relieve the pressure on Europe’s healthcare systems.

Via Politico  / Euronews 

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