A Croatian health official said closing borders across the European Union is an option if the coronavirus outbreak escalates — but global officials say that step is not necessary yet.
Vili Beroš, the Croatian Minister of Health, spoke at a news conference following a meeting of EU health ministers.
“The situation needs to be monitored on an hourly basis. Of course, if epidemiologically it escalates, we shall take other actions, if that means the closing of borders, we shall discuss it in line with national legislation," Beroš said.
Remember: The World Health Organization has not said that kind of restriction is needed right now.
Here's how Stella Kyriakidou, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, put it:
“The WHO has been very clear that there is no need at the moment for restrictions on travel and trade from affected countries. And I trust that Member States would adhere to this. Of course, such decisions will always be Member State competence and Member State decisions.”