The Heads of the European Union (EU) countries discussed the situation at the internal and external borders of the union. According to the President of the European Council, they did that during a video conference as one of the most important aspects in the fight against COVID-19.
According to him, the internal borders should be open for the good functioning of the internal market. As for travel, for such trips, restrictions must be provided, and it is necessary to adapt the relevant recommendations for that, reports the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (the Mirror Weekly).
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that security measures should be applied at the internal and external EU borders, since the increase in infections with mutated coronavirus in the European Union is high.
She also added that it is necessary to investigate the pathways of diseases. For this it is proposed to introduce a new category of epidemiological danger—the territories where the virus spreads very quickly should be marked on the map in dark red. People who will travel there will have to pass tests before leaving and undergo quarantine upon returning to the EU.
"Given the very serious situation, all optional travel should be strongly discouraged between EU countries and beyond. But at the same time it is necessary to ensure that the internal market functions. Goods should cross borders without problems. This is very important," she said.
The USA borders
At the same time, the US President Joe Biden signed a decree that after arriving from abroad in the country, a person must go through mandatory self-isolation, reports the NBC News TV channel. Upon entry, a person must provide a negative coronavirus test, and an enhanced mask regime will operate in transport and aircraft.
It is also worth noting that from January 26, restrictions begin to apply to foreigners who come to the States. They must have a negative coronavirus test with them, made three days before arrival.
Context. Due to the spread of a new coronavirus strain that has been identified in Britain, countries are not only increasing quarantine, but also tightening rules regarding the entry of foreigners into their territories.