Germany has closed its borders with five neighboring countries – Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, France and Denmark.
Per SFGate, last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel cited expert estimates that up to 70% of the population could be infected by the new coronavirus as she insists on the necessity of measures to slow its spread.
The government has recommended the cancellation of all events with more than 1,000 people, among other things.
Merkel noted at a news conference in Berlin: “You have to understand that if the virus is there, and the population has no immunity yet to this virus, there are no vaccines and no therapy so far, a high percentage – experts say 60 to 70% — of the population will be infected.”
Breitbart reports Germany has closed its borders with five neighbouring countries in an attempt to limit the outbreak of the coronavirus.
At 8 am on Monday, Germany shut down its borders with Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, France and Denmark, allowing only commuters and delivery trucks to enter the country.
The move reverses the policy of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had said as recently as last week that the borders would remain open.
The decision to close the borders comes as twelve people have died in Germany and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reached 4,838, an increase of over 1,000 in a 24-hour period, according to Deutsche Welle.
“Police are asking people where they are going, and why they are entering Germany. But there are no facilities here due to the fact the border has been open for the last 25 years and the controls are very makeshift,” a reporter for the German public broadcaster said of the German-French border.
On Sunday, Germany’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer said that the border controls were needed to “disrupt the chains of infection”, adding: “To do that, we have to limit not only large events and social contact but also the movement of people.”