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Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Mass has urged the Czech Republic and Poland to put an end to their border closure decision, so the flow of people and goods can be resumed.

Mass’s comments came after the majority of the European countries have decided to impose entry bans and travel restriction as part of efforts to stop the further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Germany-Visa.org reports.

As Europe is starting to see signs of slowing in infections, Schengen countries have started to relax some of their precautionary measures. Regarding the issue, the European Union has announced that it supports the idea of reopening the Schengen zone but has suggested that Europe’s external borders remain closed at least until mid-June, in a bid to stop a deadly resurgence of the infection.

“We’ll stop border controls for Denmark in the next few days, and from June 15 there will be no more checks at the borders with France, Austria and Switzerland,” Mass added after meeting his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn.

Mass said that he is hoping “that the border controls that the Polish and Czech friends currently do will also be lifted in the foreseeable future.”

Poland’s Minister of Interior and Administration Mariusz Kaminski, last week announced that he has decided to extend border controls with Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia,  until June 12, due to Coronavirus developments.

On the other hand, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis declared that there were currently no negotiations with Germany to lift travel restrictions because the coronavirus situation there was not as stable in Germany as in its other neighbours.

As per Germany, last week, after several discussions with the neighbouring countries and the federal states concerned, the Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer decided to gradually start easing the measures imposed at the borders amid the Coronavirus outbreak, in March and later on this year.

The Minister had decided to extend the border controls with France, Austria and Switzerland, set to expire on May 15, until June 15, 2020.