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Irish PM says it will take months for EU travel to return to normal

Reuters Thursday, 14 May 2020
It will take months not weeks for COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted and travel around the European Union to return to normal, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told parliament on Thursday.
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