EU seeks unified action against virus as case count mounts

European Union interior ministers on Friday were trying to coordinate their response to the novel coronavirus as cases spread throughout the 27-nation bloc and countries took individual measures to slow the disease down.

With Italy at the epicenter of Europe's outbreak, some of its neighbors, like Austria and Slovenia, have begun taking steps to restrict traffic at their borders, raising questions about the movement of food and medical equipment. But other nations, like the Czech Republic and Poland, are taking action too.

"The problem is on different levels in different countries," Swedish Interior Minister Mikael Damberg told reporters in Brussels, but he said "we hope that all countries that take new measures also inform other European countries."

"The transportation system must work when it comes to food and to health care materials and these kinds of...

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