(15 Mar 2020) The Czech Republic prepared to close its borders with Poland on Sunday in order to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
The country had already closed its borders with Austria and Germany earlier in the week, and was set to shut the door to Poland at midnight on Sunday (11 pm GMT).
Only Czech citizens and legal residents are being allowed to enter the country.
Poland has already closed many of its border crossings with the Czech Republic by putting up semi-permament barriers on the road, as well as warning signs.
It left seven crossing points open to allow people with jobs or close ties on the other side of the border to cross with official permission.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover.
People with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover, according to the World Health Organization.
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