The European Union has set a deadline for countries to limit access to public health care and increase testing for Ebola, and for the United States to begin isolating the country’s citizens and returning them to the United Nations-run healthcare system.EU countries are also expected to tighten their borders, while the United Kingdom and France are expected to begin their own restrictions.
But the European Commission on Wednesday warned that countries that do not adopt strict measures will be penalised.EU member states will be required to publish data on how many people have tested positive for Ebola and the number of people being treated.
“In order to achieve our goal of increasing the number and proportion of people diagnosed with Ebola in the European Union, we will be requiring that all countries report on the number, number of confirmed and probable cases and the spread of the disease,” the commission said.
In addition, countries that fail to provide data on Ebola will be obliged to take immediate steps to limit their exposure to the virus.
The commission has urged countries to adopt strict controls on travel and trade and to use protective gear to limit the spread and spread of Ebola.
“As a precautionary measure, we are announcing a suspension of our quarantine of new arrivals and their onward movement,” the EU commission said in a statement.
“We will continue to work closely with our Member States and the international community to coordinate and respond to the Ebola pandemic.”
The EU has had to postpone its first travel ban on travel from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and has been criticised for failing to implement an emergency travel directive that required its member states to adopt measures to control the spread.
In the United Arab Emirates, officials said on Tuesday that all residents with Ebola will have to leave the country by the end of the week.
The United Arab Emirate, the world’s richest country, has warned its citizens against flying, travelling by land or sea and staying in hotels.
“All citizens are asked to immediately leave the UAE by Monday evening,” the Dubai-based authority said on its Twitter feed.
“The country has been informed by the WHO of the potential risk of the virus to the health of the country.
The health department has instructed all of its citizens to immediately seek medical advice from their health authorities.”
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the risk of Ebola in countries such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra the United Republic of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is “significantly higher” than it was before the outbreak began.
“There are now more than 10,000 cases in the Democratic Congo and more than 30,000 people have died, including nearly 3,500 from Ebola,” it said in its first-ever update on the disease.
“The risk of new cases is increasing and the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
The situation is becoming very serious,” the WHO said.
The number of deaths from the virus in the countries is believed to have risen by more than 50% in Guinea alone.
On Tuesday, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said it was “sadly” seeing a rise in Ebola cases in Guinea, with the WHO reporting more than 400 new cases in August compared with 50 the previous month.
More than 2,400 people have contracted the virus, according to the WHO.