In an unprecedented move, Sweden is banning entry for foreigners and those that don’t live in the country.
UPDATE, 03:06 18th March: The entry ban does not apply to EU-citizens, meaning only people from outside the European Union will be banned from entering the country. The Swedish border is however surrounded by countries that have closed their borders.
The entry ban is from the 19th of March and will be in force for 30 days. Diplomats, asylum seekers and people with essential functions like health personell and people who transport goods will be allowed entry.
This comes as countries all across Europe are closing their borders. Earlier we reported that 12 countries are closing their borders in Europe, including Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia. Since then, Spain and Finland has also closed its borders
Last night French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the EU will close it’s borders, meaning that no-one from outside of Europe will be allowed entry into the European Union.
Sweden is now landlocked, with Denmark, Norway and Finland closing their borders to the country.
Norway has even deployed 300 unarmed soldiers from the National Guard to guard the borders with Sweden, something that is unprecedented. Sweden and Norway has long had open borders before the European Union.
The soldiers will amongst other things patrol the border by car.
These measures comes as the corona virus is rapidly spreading across Europe, with Italy reporting 31 506 infections and 2 503 deaths.
Spain is currently reporting 11 409 infections and 510 deaths. Germany now has 8 639 infections and 23 dead.
In addition to closing their borders, countries all across Europe are closing down schools and shops.
Several countries have also announced lockdowns. Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Czech Republic are countries that are in, or will be introducing lockdowns. That is over 196 million people.
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