European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the change of the "average" risk of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus in the European Union to a "high" one. According to BBC News, this was reported by the European Center for Disease Control.
The EC Chairperson noted that the virus continues to spread in Europe.
According to her, a working group has been created under the EC to coordinate measures to combat the spread of infection. The group included the European Commissioner for crisis management Janez Lenarcic, for health - Stella Kyriakides, for internal Affairs and border issues - Ylva Johansson, for transport - Adina-Ioana Vălean, for the economy - Paolo Gentiloni.
The group will monitor infection prevention and medical procurement, as well as public awareness, transport, mobility and tourism, economic issues, including transport, trade, tourism, and macroeconomics.
Kyriakides reported that coronavirus came to the EU in 18 of 27 countries, a total of 2100 confirmed cases of infection, 38 patients died.
On March 2, the first cases of infection were confirmed by Portugal and non-EU countries Iceland, Armenia, and Andorra. The virus has spread most strongly in Italy.