Germany on Monday shut its borders with five European neighbors in an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus, according to a new report.
The country’s borders with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland were entirely closed off, aside from commercial traffic and commuters — those who are traveling to and from work, Deutsche Welle reported.
Only the country’s borders with the Netherlands and Belgium have yet to be affected, according to the BBC.
The controls took effect at 8 a.m. Monday.
The country’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, said at a Sunday news conference that the deadly bug is spreading “rapidly and aggressively” in Germany.
“We must assume that the peak of this development has not yet been reached,” Seehofer said. “So the situation is very serious.”
A total of 4,838 coronavirus cases, along with 12 deaths, were confirmed in Germany as of Sunday, according to the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases. Only a day earlier, 3,795 confirmed cases and eight deaths had been reported.
Berlin has discouraged its citizens from traveling in general — with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeting Sunday that ”we currently advise against nonessential travel abroad.”
Schools and nurseries across the country are shutting down this week until after the Easter holidays at the end of April.
Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne have closed all bars, clubs, cinemas, theaters and concert halls.
With Post wires
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