March 17, 2020 / 8:35 PM / 11 days ago

Netherlands closes borders for non-eu travelers - NOS quotes prime minster

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is displayed on a mobile screen as he gives a speech in which he discusses the current situation regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and explains the necessity of the measures taken, in Nijmegen, Netherlands March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Netherlands will bar all non-EU travelers from entering the country, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told national broadcaster NOS after a video conference with other European Union leaders amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

In a separate move the Dutch foreign minister advised all Dutch nationals against travel abroad unless it was strictly necessary.

Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Editing by Sandra Maler

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