Spike in Covid-19 cases after easing of EU border controls prompts adoption of cautious approach

Currently, more than 100,000 new cases are reported daily in Europe. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - European Union (EU) member states are scheduled to agree this week on a joint approach to their border controls during the coronavirus pandemic, in a last-ditch effort to avoid the re-imposition of border closures as infections rise steeply across the continent.

Under proposals discussed over the weekend between envoys from the EU's 27 member-states, European governments are inching towards an agreement to base their decisions on whether they keep their borders open on a colour-coded "traffic light" classification guidance provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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