The coronavirus has now unfold to 18 of the 27 member states, with greater than 2,100 confirmed circumstances of an infection, in response to bloc officers, costing member states about $1 billion a month in misplaced tourism revenues.
In a information convention, the president of the European Fee, Ursula von der Leyen, praised European coordination within the disaster and urged calm. Asserting the brand new stage of danger, she mentioned, “In different phrases, the virus continues to unfold.’’
Nonetheless, she added, the union was not contemplating shutting borders.
In Italy, the epicenter of the European outbreak, the variety of new infections jumped by about 50 % to 1,577, from 1,029, with 34 deaths. The federal government introduced plans to inject billions into the economic system to mitigate the results of the virus.
The economics commissioner, Paolo Gentiloni of Italy, mentioned that the bloc would think about Rome’s request for flexibility on European Union fiscal guidelines on debt, “within the spirit of solidarity and understanding.’’
Elsewhere, the authorities in Berlin and Moscow reported their first circumstances of the virus.
An contaminated man in Berlin has been positioned in isolation within the metropolis’s fundamental analysis hospital, the place was mentioned to be in secure situation.
In France, which has reported 130 circumstances since January and two deaths, the Louvre remained closed to guests on Monday as museum officers mentioned tips on how to deal with massive crowds in ways in which would restrict the potential unfold of the virus.