February 25, 2020 / 11:48 AM / a month ago

EU Commission advices staff not to go to Italy's Lombardy over virus

BRUSSELS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The European Commission has advised its staff not to travel to the northern Italian region of Lombardy over coronavirus concerns and told officials who went to the most affected areas in northern Italy to stay at home for two weeks.

“We recommend our staff to replace travels to Lombardy with teleconferences,” a spokesman for the EU commission told a news conference in Brussels.

He added that EU staff who have been over the last two weeks to 11 towns in northern Italy which are listed as the most affected by a coronavirus outbreak must stay at home for two weeks. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio and Jakub Riha)

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