As world stands on the brink of a pandemic, EU says "no need to panic" over Coronavirus

The European Union sees “no need to panic” over the coronavirus outbreak in Italy that has already killed four people and infected more than 100 in the country, the bloc’s economic affairs commissioner said on Sunday.

In Lombardy in northern Italy 50,000 people have been placed under lockdown, while schools have been shut and bars and restaurants have been ordered to close.

“The EU has full confidence in the Italian authorities and the decisions they are taking,” Paolo Gentiloni told reporters after a meeting of G20 financial leaders in Saudi Arabia.

“We share concern for possible contagion (but) there is no need to panic.”

French junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Monday that he saw no need to close down transport borders between France and Italy, despite the spread of coronavirus.

The global infection toll currently stands at 79,565, with more than 2,600 deaths reported.

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