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Europe Is Canceled

As Covid-19 cases continue to climb, the U.K and E.U. are banning events, closing schools, and sealing borders to slow the spread of the virus.
A commuter wearing a protective face mask waits for a subway train in Milan, Italy.
A commuter wearing a protective face mask waits for a subway train in Milan, Italy.Alberto Bernasconi/Bloomberg

On March 12, the Danish parliament escalated the fight against coronavirus by approving an emergency law that represents possibly the strictest set of measures to fight the pandemic yet adopted by any European country.

Closing schools and public offices and banning assemblies of more than 100 people, the Danish authorities now have the power to force residents to be tested for the virus; for those who test positive, they now have the power to enforce their isolation. To make sure these rules are followed, police can enter homes and private property without a warrant, bar people from public institutions and public transit, and request passenger lists from ships or planes arriving in the country. The law even allows the government to seize private property if doing so can prevent coronavirus sufferers from breaking the rules on isolation.