The European Union on Tuesday approved a 30-day ban for non-essential travel to its 27 member states for people from non-member nations, in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The EU heads of state and government held a three-hour videoconference to discuss the bloc’s further steps against the spread of the virus and preventing the economic fallout.

The travel to the EU for non-EU citizens will be restricted for 30 days, which can be extended.

“All EU nationals will receive help to return home,” the European Council’s President Charles Michel announced at a news conference.

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