G7 health ministers agree on coordinated approach to coronavirus – Germany

FILE PHOTO: Health Minister, Jens Spahn gives a statement on coronavirus in Berlin, Germany January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

BERLIN (Reuters) – Health ministers from the Group of Seven leading industrial nations agreed to coordinate their response to dealing with the coronavirus in a conference call on Monday, the German Health Ministry said.

The ministers agreed to coordinate – as far as possible – their approach on travel regulations and precautions, research into the new virus and cooperation with the World Health Organization, the European Union and with China.

β€œAn appropriate response to the virus can only be coordinated internationally and at European level. Because a virus knows neither borders nor nationalities,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a statement, adding he would meet the British and French health ministers on Tuesday.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Chris Reese

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