EU shuts external borders for 30 days over coronavirus pandemic

Leaders of European Union countries have agreed to shut the EU’s external borders to most people from other countries for 30 days in a new effort to slow the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, although movement within European Union member nations will be still be allowed.

Dan Mangan and Silvia Amaro for CNBC:

EU shuts borders: COVID-19German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the planned closings of the massive union’s external borders at a press conference. Movement of people within the European Union’s 27 member nations will still be allowed under the restrictions. Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission said the United Kingdom is not applying restrictions to their external borders, even though it had been invited to do so.

The travel restrictions are due start as soon as the individual governments take the necessary internal measures, with Germany expected to do so by the end of Tuesday. The restrictions are not applied to medical staff, medicines nor goods.

On Monday, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said he was closing his nation’s borders to foreigners, with the major exception of U.S. citizens. Also Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered people in that nation to stay at home for up to 15 days, except for essential needs.

MacDailyNews Note: More info on the Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) via the U.S. CDC is here. Track the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) here.


    1. Odd, there are no Leftist retorts.
      Makes me wonder if they check MDN only when at work.

      Or maybe they heard Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo, and even Dana Bash giving praise to President Trump.

      Or maybe they finally realized the ‘hoax’ claim was a hoax, that Canada is just NOW curtailing flights from China, that the EU not only closed its border but have some infighting, that outsourcing so much to China (such as meds….) is not good, that the Pence team is actually on top of this, that England hasn’t been doing ‘social distancing’, and that calling it the Wuhan Virus is no more racist than the ‘Spanish’ Flu.

      And maybe we have finally flattened the curve…..of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
      (However I’ve read some people with a weakened commune system get it twice….)

      1. Because sensible folk are ‘social distancing’ from quarrellous, antagonistic do-nothing potty-mouthed Trumpers who insult their intelligence.
        Whereas I, having embraced education, constant self questioning, multiculturalism and an unquenchable appetite to learn ’from the other guy’, am immune to your xenophobia, your divisive scheming, your childish points scoring, bombast and narrow minded world view.
        You’re welcome.

            1. Well at least one now and, given my posting history, writing style and concerns, why would I even bother?
              I’m almost honoured to join the likes of GoeB in having a fake doppelgänger. Almost.
              It’s gratifying to know that consistently ‘cleanly hitting the nail on the head’ is working. When you can’t refute data, common sense and the advice of your own government ré non-stigmatising of racial groups, all you are left with, is subterfuge, mockery and ad hominems.
              Fake poster…enjoy your denial, you ain’t seen nothing as yet.

        1. Hey “Gotcha” — so you received the usual Marxist spoon-fed indoctrination; great, you think you’re educated! NOT!! Too bad you’re so steeped in anti-constitutionalism that you can’t even discern that your ilk are the problem not the solution. Enjoy your ignorance.

          1. Grammar 101: ‘embracing the process of education, is not a claim to be anything other than a tidbit of personal history. ie. I went to school.
            Anyway, that you failed to recognise some tongue in cheek mild provocation, is ample evidence of serious humour_fail.

    2. Democrat “Logic”

      Closing borders to prevent the spread of cartels, traffickers, gangs, criminal aliens, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and human trafficking of young girls and women is “RACIST,” but closing the border to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is A-OK and “Why didn’t ORANGE MAN BAD do it earlier?!”

      Again, open borders that spread cartels, traffickers, gangs, criminal aliens, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and human trafficking of young girls and women is just fine according to the Democrat Party. They even set up “Sanctuary Cities” to promote all of it.

      February 15, 2019: President Trump is taking the necessary steps to address the crisis at our Southern Border and stop crime and drugs from flooding into our Nation despite being constantly fought by Democrats who need to import uneducated illegal alien voters they bribe with U.S. taxpayers’ dollars in order to continue getting elected.

  1. No, racist is when you apply selective border bans based on the race or ethnicity of the traveler, rather than on their possible exposure to the disease. For example, a ban that only applied to non-EU citizens who are nonwhite would be racist, like a ban directed at Chinese who haven’t been in China or any other hotspot country recently

    1. Gee Tex, I never realized the brown people of Mexico not being homogeneous as I thought. Why, beside Mexico’s Mexicans, they have Chinese Mexicans, South Korean Mexicans who are being caught illegally entering the southern border and who knows, maybe even transporting Coronavirus.

      But you keep sticking to that old song and dance when the rest of the world is perpetuating “Social Distancing”!

  2. Comprehensive Martial Law — which is illegal in a democracy — would be a next step. But we’ll be diverted enough by being entertained by the Colosseum on the iPhone.

      1. No, I’m not Derek Currie. But since ‘you’, First, Botty et al are apt to repeat “We do not live in a democracy!” and share the same scatalogical obsessions, perhaps you are all one and the same?
        It would explain a lot.

        1. FYI. The United States of America is a constitutional republic. The U.S. Constitution does not use the term “democracy” anywhere. The United States is a republic with elected representatives who exercise political power. Since its founding, the U.S. has operated via a republican system of government.

        2. Dear Crotch-a Gotcha; take a walk. Your anti-Constitutional screeds have worn thin and clearly indicate that you fail to understand that we are a Constitutional Republic, with an electoral college to prevent mega-cities from overpowering the the voters in individual states. Come back after you study American history, including the founders’ reasons for designing it as they did after suffering under British lords and the king. Please don’t be ignorant, the info is waiting for you to finally discover it; albeit much too late.

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