EU member state ambassadors permitted a brand new map of coronavirus hazard zones throughout the bloc on Friday, permitting authorities to impose stricter regional journey restrictions.
The European Fee stays against a blanket travel ban or closures of nationwide borders throughout the European Union, regardless of some members in search of harder measures.
However Brussels does need to “strongly discourage non-essential journey” and the map from the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management is a part of that effort.
The fee advisable including a brand new class of “darkish crimson” zones to the weekly European well being map printed.
These are areas the place authorities have detected 500 or extra COVID-19 instances per 100,000 inhabitants within the earlier two weeks.
Testing and quarantine guidelines would restrict journey to and from these areas, even for journeys deemed “important” below present tips.
Sure exemptions are supplied for inhabitants of border areas and transport employees.
In response to a preliminary ECDC map seen by AFP on Thursday, 14 of 27 EU international locations have at the least one area categorised as “darkish crimson”.
The fee is attempting to coordinate member state measures in order to keep away from a repeat of the fiasco in Could final yr, when cascading border closures led to journey and transport chaos.
However Portugal, which holds the rotating EU presidency of the EU, informed the ambassadors’ assembly that further nationwide measures have been nonetheless doable, based on diplomats.
Portugal, the place the epidemic is exploding, selected Thursday to ban non-essential journey overseas for a fortnight.
Belgium had taken the identical measure from Wednesday, with a ban till March 1, and Germany is contemplating a drastic discount in air visitors with international locations it considers in danger.
The European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, was requested on Friday concerning the measures taken by his house nation, Belgium.
He warned that the generalised scope of it, not bearing in mind the well being scenario within the space of origin or vacation spot, was “not in line” with the Fee’s suggestions.
“We would like this to not be extended and particularly that, if measures are taken, they’re higher built-in into the suggestions,” he informed broadcaster RTBF.
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