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Spain and Portugal open their common border

Spain and Portugal on Wednesday open their land border, which was closed because of the pandemic coronavirus since mid-March.

The ceremony, which takes place first in the Spanish territory, in the fortress of Badajoz, and then on the other side of the border, Elvas, attended by the king of Spain Felipe VI, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, head of the Portuguese Cabinet, antónio Costa.

After listening to the anthems of the two countries at the Alcazaba, built by the Arabs in the IX century, which is now a Museum, the two heads of state and government went to the castle of Elvas. Footage broadcast by channel 24 Horas.

In Spain since the beginning of the epidemic, there were almost 250 million cases of infection, 28,3 thousand people died. 21 June in the country ceased to operate on high alert, entered March 14, was open borders with the EU and Schengen, with the exception of Portugal. Since the lifting of the alert and quarantine in Spain was some local outbreaks of the disease.

The number of victims in Portugal to more than 1.5 thousand people, more than 42 thousand cases of infection. This Monday due to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation reinforced quarantine measures once again began to act in Lisbon.

The EU Council on Tuesday agreed on the recommendation regarding the progressive removal of restrictions on travel to the EU approved list of countries for which the border can start to open from 1 July. It did not include Russia and the United States. It is recommended to start to remove restrictions for residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China, but subject to confirmation of reciprocity in the opening of borders.

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