“Coronavirus latest: Germany to close some borders – reports”
“German authorities have decided to close the country’s borders with France, Austria and Switzerland. Commuters would still be allowed to travel, according to German media. Follow DW for the latest.”
“The German government is reportedly set to close borders with France, Austria and Switzerland on Monday
Poland has closed its borders to non-Polish citizens
US restrictions on travelers from Europe cause chaos, hours-long delays at US airports.
Over 100 people were reported dead in Spain during the last 24 hours.
Spain, France, Austria are suspending public life in a bid to curb the outbreak.”
“15:29 All schools in the Netherlands will close in order to curb the transmission of the coronavirus, according to Dutch public broadcaster NOS.”
“14:58 Residents of Austria should only make social contact “with the people with whom they live,” said the country’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.”
“”Austrians are being summoned to isolate themselves,” he said in the statement. People who urgently need to go outside “may do so, but only alone or with people living in the same apartment,” Kurz clarified in a separate statement to the APA news agenc”
“14:33 In Spain, the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus has grown by a third in the last 24 hours and is now at 7,753, the authorities said on Sunday. Over 100 people have died during the previous day, with the death toll now at 288.”
“14:15 Germany’s borders to Austria, Switzerland, and France will be closed starting Monday morning in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus, according to the Spiegel magazine and the mass-circulation Bild newspaper. However, German authorities will keep the crossing open for commuters as well as the delivery of goods.”
“13:23 Police in Greece have arrested 96 people for breaking coronavirus lockdown terms since Thursday. Bars and restaurants have been closed and Greece has started closing beach resorts. All tourism accomodations are to be closed until April 30.”
“12:54 British food retailers have written an open letter asking customers to stop panic-buying.”
“”We understand your concerns but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without. There is enough for everyone if we all work together,” the letter, signed by Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Lidl and others, said. Social media users over the past week have been uploading pictures of empty supermarket shelves, with toilet rolls, pasta and canned food especially in demand. ”
“12:37 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his government plans to use anti-terrorism tracking technology to locate people who have been in contact with those infected by the coronavirus.”
“”We will very soon begin using technology … digital means that we have been using in order to fight terrorism,” Netanyahu said, describing the virus as an “invisible enemy that must be located.”
“Avner Pinchuk, a privacy expert with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, told Reuters that these cyber capabilities could include real-time tracking of patients’ cellphones to identify quarantine breaches, as well as scanning metadata to find out where they had been and who they had been with.
“I am troubled by this announcement. I understand that we are in unique circumstances, but this seems potentially like overreach,” Pinchuk said. “Much will depend on how intrusive the new measures are.””
“11:05 The death toll from coronavirus in Iran has jumped to 724, with 113 new fatalities reported in the past 24 hours. The figures were announced in a tweet from a health ministry official, who also said the number of infected people had reached 13,938.”
“10:52 Dozens of homeless people have been placed in quarantine in Hamburg after a coronavirus case was confirmed in one of the northern German city’s shelters. According to German media reports, around 300 people now have to undergo 14 days of isolation at the facility, which is usually reserved only for overnight stays.”
“10:37 France’s government says it will gradually reduce plane, train and bus services between cities from Sunday to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country has already closed universities, schools, cafes and restaurants, and urged people not to travel.”
“”We have to limit our movements as much as possible. Long distance trips must be kept to what is strictly necessary,” Ecology Minister”
“09:41 The coronavirus is continuing to spread, with first cases reported in the Seychelles, Uzbekistan and the Republic of the Congo. Rwanda, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania all announced their first cases on Saturday.”
“08:51 New restrictions in place in the United States are causing chaos at a number of airports, with incoming travelers from Europe forced to wait hours for medical screenings before being able to pass through customs. ”
“08:48 Chinese state media is reporting that all international arrivals in the capital Beijing will be sent to quarantine facilities starting Monday.
08:33 German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer says the German military will help the country in its fight against coronavirus.
“We are planning at every level, so that we will be able to safely cover all critical areas — including administrative assistance,” the minister told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. She added that reservists had been called up to report for service at Bundeswehr hospitals, she added.”
“08:04 Millions of people in Italy have been living under lockdown for the past several days after the government announced an emergency decree. Journalist Megan Williams reports from her home in Rome on how residents are adjusting to their new way of life.”
“My mother-in-law, about to turn 88, phoned me, paralyzed by indecision. She lives alone in a central Italian city. She stocked up on food two weeks ago when she stopped going out, but secluded in her small apartment, she’s going stir-crazy.”