EU heads of state and government will hold a summit by videoconference next week as coronavirus infections surge again in several countries, European Council President Charles Michel announced on Sunday, APA reports citing Politico.
Michel had held out strong hope that the 27 national leaders would be able to meet physically in Brussels for their regular March summit. His decision to shift to a virtual format underscored both the grave health situation and his acceptance of the political impossibility for leaders to travel after several of them ordered renewed or stricter lockdown measures in recent days.
Italy, France and Poland are among the countries to toughen their measures in response to what is being described as a third wave of infections. Others, like Belgium, are postponing planned relaxations of restrictions.