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Trucks are forming 37-mile-long queues at European borders after authorities started closing them to stop the coronavirus spread


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Trucks are forming 37-mile-long queues at European borders after authorities started closing them to stop the coronavirus spread

Traffic jams of up to 37 miles are forming at several EU borders as governments implement strict measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.European leaders announced they would ban travelers from outside the bloc for 30 days, and governments in Poland, Germany, and Hungary have either wholly or partially shut down its crossings.Vehicles have also…

Trucks are forming 37-mile-long queues at European borders after authorities started closing them to stop the coronavirus spread
  • Traffic jams of up to 37 miles are forming at several EU borders as governments implement strict measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.
  • European leaders announced they would ban travelers from outside the bloc for 30 days, and governments in Poland, Germany, and Hungary have either wholly or partially shut down its crossings.
  • Vehicles have also been backed up after health authorities in Poland were ordered to test every driver for coronavirus symptoms, leaving drivers waiting in traffic jams for up to 18 hours.
  • Europe is the latest epicenter of the crisis, with Italy the worst-hit country outside China.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Trucks and cars were left in traffic jams lasting as much as 37 miles and waiting up to 18 hours at several EU borders on Wednesday as governments ramped up their measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Long traffic jams formed at various EU crossings, with the worst-affected travelers facing 37-mile long traffic on the A4 highway, one of Germany’s biggest transportation routes that stretches from the western city of Aachen to Gölrlitz, on the eastern border with Poland, the Financial Times reported.

The Polish government closed the country’s borders on Saturday night, with all foreigners denied entry unless they live in the country or have personal connections there.

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On Tuesday night, thousands of trucks were stuck in a jam at the border between Lithuania and Poland after Polish health authorities were ordered to test every driver for coronavirus symptoms.

Hungary opened its borders in phases overnight on Tuesday in an effort to alleviate the traffic, But on Wednesday morning, trucks at the Austrian side of the border were once again backed up for 17 miles, and cars for nearly 9 miles.

Panicked travelers attempting to get home or deliver critical supplies had also been waiting for days.

“We are all desperate, cold and sleepless here for the third day,” Janina Stukiene, who was stuck on Lithuania’s border with Poland with her husband and son, told WTMJ Television Network on Tuesday. “We just want to go home.”

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Polish border guards use a thermal scanner to check the temperature of driver at the Polish side of the Kalvarija-Budzisko check point in Poland on Tuesday.

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EU leaders agreed on Tuesday to prohibit most foreigners from entering the bloc for 30 days, with “very limited exceptions,” the Associated Press reported, citing German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

However, they are struggling on a plan to keep food, medical supplies, and other goods flowing across essentially closed borders. 

Europe is the latest epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, with Italy the worst-hit country outside China, where the disease broke out. Many European countries have imposed strict rules on citizens to self-quarantine and avoid public places.

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