Managing the healthcare and economic crisis of COVID-19 costs around €3 trillion ($3,3 trillion) for Europe, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Von der Leyen spoke at a press conference presenting the European Commission roadmap on gradually lifting COVID-19 measures in the EU.

She reminded that the exit strategy should not be interpreted as a signal to immediately lift confinement, but the measures need to be slowly eased to avoid an even greater economic fallout.

The strategy carefully warns that “any level of gradual relaxation of the confinement will unavoidably lead to

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