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EU ANTICIPATES REOPENING BORDERS AS VIRUS GRINDS DOWN GLOBAL ECONOMY

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The European Union has said it is hoping to reopen its external borders to foreigners in July as leaders look to relax the virus lockdowns which has affected the economy and triggered a global downturn.

Europe has recorded great human losses from the pandemic, accounting for just under half of the 411,000 lives claimed by COVID-19’s across the world.

The continent is now trying to contain the fallout of a historic recession brought by restrictions on movement and business that have saved lives but have negatively affected global commerce.

Diplomatic chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday said while EU member states have the final say on border measures, Brussels is suggesting a “gradual and partial” reopening of external frontiers to travellers from outside the bloc starting on July 1.

Beaches and other top tourism sites on the continent are eager to have visitors despite deep uncertainty about the future of travel.