COVID-19: Europe's free movement presents profound challenges amid coronavirus panic

COVID-19: Europe's free movement presents profound challenges amid coronavirus panic

27.2.2020

COVID-19: Europe's free movement presents profound challenges amid coronavirus panic

Before the roadblocks, the police and the army arrived - how many people came in and out of those quarantined Italian towns?

If this collection of towns is the epicentre for Italy's dramatic surge of infections, how many people have left here and taken the virus with them? Because Europe's beloved principle of free movement presents profound challenges. From Bertonico, I drove across the north-west of Italy, through the Alps into France and then into Switzerland. At no stage did anybody ask where I'd been, or screen me in any way. Contrast that with the flight I took into Milan a couple of days ago. At the city's two international airports, officials in masks greet each visitor by pushing a thermometer to their forehead. Anyone who shows signs of fever faces the prospect of being quarantined. But if you're in a car, you can cross-cross Italy, and much of Europe, with ease. And far more journeys are completed by car than all of public transport put together. How the coronavirus could affect your holidays - and what you should do I stopped off in Chamonix, the French ski resort, which attracts tourists from across the continent. One Norwegian told me he was worried, but that he felt there was nothing he could really do. A Frenchman told me the whole thing was hype; a boy from the same country said he was fine"because France is safe". Perhaps nobody has told him that the virus has killed people in his country. Public nonchalance is the default position for many. It feels like people in Italy, France and beyond don't want to be seen to be nervous. But somebody must be buying up all the face masks and antibacterial gel, or emptying shelves in supermarkets. Our journey ends in Geneva, outside the doors of the World Health Organisation. There, I'm told that governments need to spend more, but also that Europe's health facilities are better than you find in many other countries. That viruses don't respect borders, and that they want to avoid the danger of stigmatising people from any one place. It is calm, emollient language. But then I see Jeremy Hunt, Britain's longest-ever serving health secretary, leaving the building after a meeting. Image: Public nonchalance is the default position for many including some in the French ski resort of Chamonix Europe and Britain, he says, should be prepared for the worst-case scenario. And that, he says, could mean"draconian" measures and many deaths, even though he says the NHS is"one of the best prepared health services in the world". The truth is that the UK, like countries across their European continent, still doesn't know what it's dealing with. Governments aren't sure how to react, and neither are their citizens. But questions nag at the back of my mind: before the roadblocks, the police and the army arrived - how many people came in and out of those Italian towns in the quarantined area? And, thanks to Europe's love of free movement, how far did they all roam? How far, in other words, do the tentacles of that red zone go? Read more: Sky News

I am prepared nickclarkeleave Another reason to ditch Schengen So no checks at uk airports of people coming back in ridiculous Allowing people to move in and out of infected areas will unavoidably lead to virus spread. A travel ban and closure of borders is required before Europe becomes a huge Pandemic site.

That's a bunch of b*llocks. Whether it's free movement or tourism, it simply doesn't matter. Viruses spread. That's their whole point and raison d'etre. I don't see any govt rushing to protect the homeless from coronavirus. They can get sick too - waaay more vulnerable. 100 years ago Spanish flu killed millions.......there was no freedom of movement then or much international travel either.

Europes free movement hasn't stopped Italy from closing off infected towns. And allowing people to freely enter and leave China was alright then? Also their eating habits need to change. I mean why do they eat bats ffs ! SARS, Bird Flu and now the Coronavirus all started in the Far East. Until the hygiene issues of living cheek by jowl with their livestock is addressed then there will be the potential for these viruses to transfer to humans, thus putting the world at risk of a pandemic.

Yes the danger is from european car drivers...not from thousands people from Asia /China which arrived in London in the last months...😃😃😃 I thought italian journalists were low level but you are the maroon of the week!😄

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That’s the most ridiculous headline I’ve ever read 🤣 What about this book that predicted corona virus I hope remoaners are happy with their beloved free movement 🤬🤬🤬🤬 Panic is the right word, more people will die in the UK from seasonal flu than this but don’t see anybody in a Panic about that Oh wow, msm actually admitting a problem with free movement...hmmm one of the main reasons we voted leave Biggest problem is we believed China's lies and didnt shut down all travel immediately

ToryFibs I thought all countries in the Schengen area can close their borders in a time of national crisis - a pandemic would be such a crisis. Still tryna spin Brexit I see ToryFibs This is a very brexity take on coronavirus. We should have shut down the airports here in the UK we on a island we could have avoided it altogether

Could North Korea handle a Covid-19 outbreak?So far, the country claims to have no cases of Covid-19 - but that has been questioned. In the list of counties most unlikely to be able to properly handle the virus.... Iran... Italy... . . . . . . . South korea.. Japan. Are u kidding? Can UK handle?

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