“We cannot let down our guard now,”  von der Leyen said. “The situation is very, very serious, but we can slow down the spread of the virus if everyone takes responsibility.” She said that meant “every single one of us, regional and local communities, member states and the European level.”

Von der Leyen also called for better coordination between member states on strategies and measures to curb the spread of the virus, as well as for coordinated quarantine rules. The Commission recommends an EU register of hospital capacity to better organize cross-border patient care. Moreover, though member states have been asked to share COVID-19 data with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, this has not been happening as much as hoped for. The Commission has encouraged member states to agree on standards for travel and contact tracing.



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