Poland announces travel ban on foreigners

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Poland has become the latest EU country to close its borders to foreigners, following Denmark and the Czech Republic in implementing strict measures to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Foreigners will be banned from entering Poland from Sunday, the country’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

A 14-day quarantine will be imposed on Polish citizens who return home, he said.

“The state will not abandon [its citizens]. However, in the current situation we cannot allow ourselves to keep borders open to foreigners,” Mr Morawiecki said at a news conference.

Restaurants, bars and casinos are to be shuttered and public gatherings will be limited to 50 people, Mr Morawiecki.

Poland has confirmed 68 cases of coronavirus so far with one death.

Earlier, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Slovakia announced similar temporary bans on foreigners entering their countries, though Slovakia exempts Poles from the restrictions.

Ukraine, which is not a member of the EU, will also close its borders to foreigners.

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