"Essential staff such as doctors, nurses, care workers, researchers and experts that help address the coronavirus should continue to be allowed in the European Union", von der Leyen added.
A temporary travel restriction could only be effective if decided and implemented by Schengen States for all external borders at the same time and in a uniform manner, the statement said.
The ban would include citizens of European Union candidate countries.
The restrictions will be in place for an initial 30 days but this "can be prolonged as necessary".
"Why that? Because we think that non-essential travel should be reduced right now, too, in order not to spread the virus further, be it within the European Union or by leaving the European Union, but also to avoid non-essential travel to not have more potential strain on our healthcare system", she said at a news conference.
The commission chief said she was proposing to the EU's national leaders a "temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union".
United States president Donald Trump had last week announced similar restrictions but without first telling anyone in Europe, widely seen as a snub.
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In Bengaluru , six positive Covid-19 patients are in isolated observation, including the eighth case which surfaced on Monday . The number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 125 on Tuesday after fresh cases were reported from several states.
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Health minister Matt Hancock told parliament that non-time sensitive, elective surgery would be cancelled or postponed. But the PM stopped short of ordering venues to close, instead saying he hoped they would take a responsible approach.
Long term residents in the European Union, families of European Union citizens and diplomats would also be exempt from the travel ban and von der Leyen said researchers and medical professionals fighting coronavirus should be allowed to continue to come to the continent. Goods will also be allowed to flow freely.
Such lockdowns are not only seen as threats for the Union itself but now may end up thwarting supplies to produce the medical equipment needed to stave off the pandemic.
The EU will on Monday also launch joint procurement with EU countries of testing kits and respiratory ventilators.
The European Commission is imposing updated guidelines and procedures on border measures in response to the spread of Covid-19.
Other EU states like Portugal, Italy and Spain have also imposed a lockdown and on Monday (16 March), the Greek government announced a two-week quarantine for all incoming visitors.
"Therefore member states have taken strong measures to slow down the spread of the virus".
According to the reports, free movement of goods will remain and commuters only will be allowed to cross borders for work. The head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that "Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic".
Mr Trudeau said air operators will be "formally mandated' to prevent symptomatic travellers from boarding flights to Canada". For now, he added, Canadian domestic flights as well as those from the US , the Caribbean and Mexico would not be affected.
As a result manager and player spoke over the phone and Mount said sorry having been reminded of his responsibilities by the club. Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has become a global problem with Europe now at the center of the outbreak.
State Department advised against any travel on cruise ships, especially for those who have underlying health conditions. An estimated 700 people on board the ship eventually tested positive for the virus, with seven resulting in death.
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The disease has infected some 156,465 people have been around the world, and 5,838 have died, according to a Reuters tally. The concern over the spread of the coronavirus in the United States has shocked the financial markets .
Australia's coronavirus death toll has risen to four
Still, many offices are asking employees to work from home and several leading universities today shuttered for at least a week. Hundreds of Australians have meanwhile begun stockpiling goods, from staples to sanitizers, clearing supermarket shelves.
Les prix des carburants dégringolent à la pompe
En l'espace d'une semaine, le prix du gazole, le carburant le plus vendu, a perdu 6,01 centimes, à 1,3012 euros par litre. Quant au SP95-E10, qui contient jusqu'à 10% d'éthanol, il a perdu 5,50 centimes, à 1,3833 euro.
Coronavirus cases in India climb to 125
32 fresh cases were recently reported from Maharashtra which brought up the total number of positive cases to 107 in India. According to reports, while one case has been confirmed in Kalaburgi, another one has been reported in Bengaluru.
BC Health Officials ban gatherings of over 50 people
The provincial health office has confirmed 30 new cases of coronavirus in British Columbia, with seven on Vancouver Island. Henry emphasized that anyone coming to B.C. from outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.