The borders of the EU countries may remain closed for two years, said the chairman of the Central Headquarters to overcome the crisis in connection with the spread of coronavirus in the Czech Republic, Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic Roman Prymula, reports TASS.
He noted that the development of the situation with coronavirus in Europe is becoming an unpleasant tendency. “It will take many months to improve the situation,” he said.
Prymula emphasized that the tough measures taken by the Czech authorities to suppress the spread of the virus in the country should lead to a positive result. However, it should not be expected before the second half of April, the deputy minister said.
According to him, in the Czech Republic, it is necessary to stop the threat of new waves of the epidemic. To do this, it is necessary to prevent the mass entry into the country of citizens from Italy, France, Germany, Spain and other countries in which the largest number of infected people are located. Since March 14, the Czech Republic has stopped accepting applications for Schengen and long-term visas due to the declared emergency for the spread of coronavirus in the country.
On March 16, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, announced the introduction of a temporary ban on entry into the Schengen zone for 30 days due to the situation with coronavirus.
According to the latest data, more than 328 thousand people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide. More than 14 thousand have died.