Coronavirus: Borders close as Europe takes drastic measures to contain virus

Coronavirus: Borders close as Europe takes drastic measures to contain virus
Copyright Coorespondents across Europe on Euronews - March 16 2020
By Euronews
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Most European nations have closed schools and restricted transport, others have stopped short. Here's how the European response stacks up.


More than 1,800 people have died in Italy alone from the Coronavirus. Europe's worst-affected country is now entering a second week of lockdown.

Spain, France, Denmark and Austria have also announced full or partial closures to combat the virus. In Germany, road borders to neighbouring countries are closed. 

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a range of measures on Monday night, including heavy restrictions on movement and further closures, days after the government closed bars, restaurants and cafes across the country. 

Meanwhile, in the UK, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was under fire from critics who accused him of issuing mixed messages about so-called social distancing, and failing to order the closure of schools, as has happened in many European nations and the U.S. 

Also on Monday, the EU announced a closure of borders for 30 days soon after the World Health Organization said Europe was now the epicentre of the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Euronews correspondents are covering all the latest developments across the continent.

_Listen to their reports by clicking on the media player above. _

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