Some countries across the world have started shutting down their borders as a result of the spread of coronavirus.
Reports from BBC reveal that Edinburgh Airport has warned that it is potentially facing the scenario of receiving no passengers in the next three months because of coronavirus.
In response to the situation, a statement was released on Friday, by the spokesman for the airport said. He said:
“We are facing an unprecedented situation, looking at the potential of three months of zero or close to zero passenger demand.
“We have spent the last few weeks looking at how we deal with the immediate and longer term effects and unfortunately that means taking some extremely tough decisions as the industry continues to react.”
On the economic implication of this new development, there are fears that more than 100 jobs at the Scottish airport will be lost.
Another country that is involved in the border closure is Pakistan.
According to Pakistan foreign minister, all the land borders and limiting international flights for 15 days, will be cancelled. The closure of all schools nationwide is also being considerd as an option.
“It has been decided that all borders will remain closed for 15 days
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while speaking to Pakistani networks ARY and Dunya TV said, “International flights will operate only out of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports.”
So far, the country borders China, where the coronavirus originated, and Iran, one of the worst-hit countries, while Pakistan has reported 21 cases of the coronavirus and no deaths.
Ukraine, the latest country to announce travel restrictions, says it will close its borders to all foreign nationals from Sunday.
Drastic measures like closing its schools and universities nationwide and banning of all major public events have been considered, while Ukraine’s Orthodox Church told worshippers it was acceptable not to kiss icons.
The latest move was announced shortly before the country reported its first death due to Covid-19. Only two other cases have been recorded there so far.
Czech Republic and Slovakia are not exempted as they have closed borders to foreigners except those with residence permits and Malta that have announced mandatory quarantines for all new arrivals.
Austria have chosen an option of introducing health controls on its borders with Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as it has already done on its frontier with Italy.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has criticised unilateral travel bans but backed moves to provide health screening at borders.