World: EU summit warns of unnecessary travel due to mutated corona pathogens

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Restrictions on freedom of travel in the EU are no longer excluded in order to contain new variants of the corona virus.

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"We strongly advise against all non-essential travel, both within a country and across borders," said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after a video summit of the EU heads of state and government on Thursday evening. The borders should therefore remain open in principle. In the past few weeks, mutations have resulted in new variants of the coronavirus that are more contagious than the previous pathogen. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had not ruled out the introduction of border controls as a last resort before the deliberations.

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France had also spoken out in favor of "health checks" at the EU's internal borders. Belgium had brought a ban on "non-essential travel" into play. Luxembourg, for example, strongly opposed restrictions. "We have to keep the borders open in order to guarantee the proper functioning of the European internal market," said EU Council President Charles Michel. "But when it comes to non-essential travel, restrictions must be possible."

One of the "most important measures" will now be to prevent unnecessary travel, said von der Leyen. Your authority will submit a concrete proposal on Monday as to how this can not be done at the expense of the internal market. The Commission will also make proposals on how to deal with entries from third countries. As a consequence of the spread of the new variants of the coronavirus, according to von der Leyen, there should also be another category for classifying risk areas: "A dark red zone would show that the virus circulates very strongly in this area".

So far, the EU disease control authority ECDC has divided the EU regions into green, orange and red zones. Because of the high number of infections almost everywhere, there have been no green and only very few orange spots on the map of Europe for weeks. BRUSSELS (AFP) -

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Portugal's health system is at its limit in view of the rapidly increasing corona infections. Germany is examining support from the Bundeswehr. Austria wants to take in patients. © Patricia de Melo Moreira / AFP / Getty Images Waiting for admission in front of the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon After a medical investigation team has returned from Portugal, which has been particularly hard hit by Corona, the German Armed Forces are examining how to proceed.

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