May 4, 2020 / 12:33 PM / a month ago

Germany extends border checks until May 15 - ministry spokesman

People enjoy the weather near the river Elbe bank in front of the old town area as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Dresden, Germany, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany, which is part of Europe’s open-border Schengen area, will extend its border checks until May 15, a spokesman for the interior ministry said on Monday.

The measure is in line with the European Commission, he added. “Of course, we are guided by the European spirit not to act unilaterally or in an uncoordinated way.”

Numerous Schengen countries have imposed emergency border checks in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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