In an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, the European Union is closing its borders and temporarily restricting non-essential travel,media reported. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined the proposed measure sit until Tuesday local time, with most EU member states agreeing to close borders for the next 30 days. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would immediately impose entry restrictions, but Andorra and other countries disagreed.
Ms Merkel added that the EU was working to ensure that borders were not closed for too long to ensure the movement of goods across the continent. The prime minister noted that medical supplies and equipment would remain mobile. “Our priority now is to reverse the trend of infection and give our health systems and staff time and space to take care of those who need it. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of all citizens: to protect people from the spread of the virus while keeping goods in circulation. “
It is reported that the European Commission has also set up a team of epidemiologists and virologists from all over Europe to coordinate the medical response to the new coronavirus. In addition, it has provided 80 million euros to the European research firm CureVac for vaccine development and production, and von der Leyen has proposed a 37 billion euro coronavirus response investment to help small businesses and the health care sector weather the crisis.