Germany Closes Cinemas, Sports Venues, More As It Broadens Shutdown

17 Mars, 2020, 08:44 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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German citizens and people with a residency permit will still be allowed to return to the country, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Sunday when he announced the temporary border checks. "I decided today that border controls will be temporarily introduced on the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark", he told a news conference.

According to the reports, free movement of goods will remain and commuters only will be allowed to cross borders for work.

According to a press release of the German Ministry of Interior, the decision has been taken by Minister Seehofer in coordination with the neighbouring countries and the federal states concerned. Sealing of borders was not only incorporated to contain the deadly Coronavirus but also to prevent panic bulk purchases by foreigners, that was reportedly causing supply problems in areas around the borders. Under the Corona virus, they have urged citizens to desist from social activity. "We are going to strict minimums to cross the border, while allowing people and traders to pass".

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While the German measures now only apply to three countries, other neighbouring countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Denmark have also closed their borders or introduced severe restrictions.

The head of the World Health Organization said on Friday that "Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic".

As of Monday morning, Germany has more than 4,800 confirmed coronavirus cases and nine deaths.

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