March 15, 2020 / 3:08 PM / 16 days ago

Germany to close borders with Austria, France, Switzerland - media reports

People with travel trolleys are seen on the way to the Poland-German border crossing point after the Polish government decided to close its borders to foreigners as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the city bridge to Slubice, Poland in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany March 15, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany plans to close its borders with Austria, France and Switzerland from Monday, Focus Online and newspaper Bild reported on Sunday.

Without citing a source, Bild reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her interior minister had agreed the closures with the state premiers involved and that they would take place from 8 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) on Monday.

Goods would continue to flow between the countries and commuters could also still cross the borders, it said.

The aim was to contain the coronavirus and to stop panic buying by foreigners which has led to some supply problems in the border regions, Bild added.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Alexander Smith

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