The European Commission urged the countries of the Schengen zone to extend until may 15, restrictions on entry to the EU for insignificant reasons. This is stated in the statement published on the website of the European Commission on 8 April.
The experience of other countries in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus shows that measures to prevent the spread of the virus becomes effective when there are more than 30 days, said in a press release.
The Commission called upon States to coordinate the extension of travel restrictions, “because the measures at the external borders can only be effective if they are applied by all EU countries and the Schengen zone on all borders at the same time and the same.”
The Commissioner for the protection of the European way of life, Margaritis Schinas recalled that inall member States of the EU have successfully implemented measures of social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“Restrictions on nonessential travel from third countries into the EU complement these measures at the external borders of the EU. Although we see the first encouraging results, the travel restrictions should be extended, to reduce the risk of further spread of the disease. We should not open the door while working to ensure the security of our houses,” he said.
Restrictions should extend to 30 countries from the so-called zone of the EU: all members of the Schengen area, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania, which are still did not join it.
On 16 March the European Commission proposed to forbid the entrance of foreigners in the EU for 30 days. The heads of member States of the EU supported this initiative on March 17. The ban does not apply to EU citizens, their family members, foreigners who reside in the EU, diplomats who return home. In practice, as the Agency Reuters, some countries are differently interpreted and this sometimes led to the formation on their borders, long lines.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in China in December 2019. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 1.48 million, of which more than 330 thousand was cured, and 88 567 died. In Europe, the highest prevalence was in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the UK.