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Germany Chancellor in self-quarantine after her doctor tests corona positive
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Germany Chancellor in self-quarantine after her doctor tests corona positive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put herself in isolation after the doctor, who administered a vaccine to her, tested positive for the novel virus. On Friday, Merkel was given a precautionary vaccine for a pneumococcal infection. The German leader’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said that she was informed about the doctor’s test report on Sunday minutes after holding a media conference, announcing new preventive measures to curtail the spread of the virus.

Seibert issue an official statement stating that the 65-year old leader would be regularly tested over the next several days and “for this reason the chancellor has decided to immediately quarantine herself at home.” “She will continue to carry out her official business from home,” Seibert added.

In Merkel’s televised address to her fellow citizens, she announced increased restrictions to curb the virus’s spread, imposing ban on public meetings of more than two people. “The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus,” she said, citing an agreement between the federal government and regional states. For the next two weeks, people would not be allowed to move or assemble in groups of three or more in public, unless belonging from same family or gathering due to work.

On Sunday, Merkel expressed gratitude towards “the overwhelming majority” of Germans who were abiding rules of social distancing to help prevent the pandemic from spreading any further.

“I know that it means sacrifice,” she said, citing the economic and social costs that the lockdown was having. “I’m moved by the fact that so many are abiding by these rules. This way we show care for older and sick people, because the virus is most dangerous to them. In short: we are saving lives with this.”

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Turkey’s Erdoğan, EU leaders, and British PM held a video conference to discuss Syrian refugee crisis and coronavirus pandemic
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Turkey’s Erdoğan, EU leaders, and British PM held a video conference to discuss Syrian refugee crisis and coronavirus pandemic

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain’s PM Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, held a video call to talk about Libya, the Syrian refugee crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The four leaders were initially supposed to meet in person in Istanbul. However, the summit was held virtually due to travel restrictions.

Turkey has urged the four leaders in the conference to make new cash pledges to keep thousands of refugees from leaving the nation and attempting to arrive in Europe amid a Russian-Syrian assault in north-west Syria.

After a severe shelling in Idlib area a month ago, Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, encouraged thousands of refugees in the nation to proceed towards the borders of Greek islands and the Baltic.

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That push finished when the EU gave Turkey €6bn to dwell the displaced people in Turkey.

The leaders talked about the chances of a new refugee deal, ways to battle the continued Russian warning in Idlib, and the dread that coronavirus could spread the refugee camps flanking Syria in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, The Guardian reported.

The EU has likewise offered an enormous cash amount to the refugees to leave the Greek camps and come back to Turkey. About 13,000 refugees, as indicated by the UN, are stranded on the border with Greece and Bulgaria in Turkey’s Edirne region.

A couple of days back, Turkey announced that refugees inside its borders were free to go, and they accumulate along the Greek borders. The decision shocked the EU and compelled them to aid refugees and to help end the Syrian crisis.

EU leaders criticized the move as blackmail even as they scrambled to pacify Erdogan, The Guardian published.

Article Credit: The Guardian/Al-Monitor

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Europe closes its border to curtail virus spread
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Europe closes its border to curtail virus spread

In a consolidated move, European leaders announced sealing its borders in order to slow down the spread of coronavirus. EU has put a travel ban on all the non-EU citizens for the period of 30 days for now. If need be the shutdown could be extended.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters about the ban after a video conference with her European counterparts. Merkel said that the bloc leaders shared common concerns and a “great readiness” to do whatever deemed necessary to prevent the outbreak from destabilising the society any further. The virus has already caused a “very serious” impact on global economy.

Travel ban, an essential requirement as per many epidemiologists, is bound to cause a severe blow to the European economies, which were almost healing from economic slump a few months ago. EU governments have acknowledged that the bloc is heading to a recession this year.

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Many nations including US and Japan are acting fast and about to introduce an emergency stimulus package to provide the must need healthcare and economic boost to its people and nation.

In an attempt to mitigate the impact of the deadly virus, several European nations have already imposed curfews and issued notice to close down schools, colleges, shops, bars, and restaurants. The covid-19 pandemic is already spreading at an unthinkable rate in Europe, posing serious challenges towards the continent’s health care system.

EU has taken a clear stand over closing its external borders, the issue of sealing internal borders still stands unclear, though it seems more likeable option. European governments could restrict the travel of European citizens within EU given the fear of virus transmissions from the nationals of different European states.

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