In the European Union, it is impossible to stop the coronavirus COVID-19, it is only possible to slow down its spread, said Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission (EC). She added that the EC, for its part, will soften as much as possible the rules for providing state aid to enterprises affected by the pandemic.
“Coronavirus was the biggest shock to the EU economy, but it should not cause permanent damage to it … It is impossible to stop the spread of coronavirus in the EU, it is only possible to slow down its spread, which will require slowing down the economic life of the European Union … The European Commission will soften the rules for providing state aid to enterprises affected by coronavirus, ”said Ms. von der Leyen at a press conference in Brussels (quoted by TASS). The European Commission is ready to do more as the situation develops, she added.
The epidemic of the coronavirus COVID-19 began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the first cases were recorded in December 2019. Later, infected were found outside of China. In Russia, 38 cases were recorded. In the world, the number of patients with coronavirus exceeds 130 thousand people, 4.7 thousand died