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EU borders to close for 30 days from tomorrow

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced Europe's borders will close for 30 days from 12pm...
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20.54 16 Mar 2020


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EU borders to close for 30 days from tomorrow

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced Europe's borders will close for 30 days from 12pm tomorrow.

In a televised address to the nation, Mr Macron said: "All trips between non-European countries and the EU and the Schengen zone will be suspended for 30 days."

Earlier today, a temporary restriction on all non-essential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days was proposed by the European Commission.

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Mr Macron warned the French people that "movements will be very strongly reduced" for 15 days after chiding them for not complying with earlier measures drawn up to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Nationwide restrictions are being enforced on how far people can go from their homes, and for what purpose, with transport "heavily reduced" from lunchtime on Tuesday for at least two weeks, Mr Macron said.

Meanwhile, in the US, President Donald Trump announced new measures to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, including homeschooling if possible and avoiding restaurants.

Americans have been told not to get together in groups of more than ten people.

Main image: French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a television screen as he speaks during a televised address to the nation on the outbreak of COVID-19 tonight. Photo: Raphael Lafargue/ABACAPRESS.COM

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