UKs Boris Johnson calls Saudi Prince Salman to discuss covid-19 pandemic
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UKs Boris Johnson calls Saudi Prince Salman to discuss covid-19 pandemic

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Sunday afternoon, telephoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the global coronavirus outbreak.

10 Downing Street announced that the prime minister updated the Crown Prince on the measures that the UK is taking, driven by scientific guidance, to control the spread of the disease.

The two leaders concurred on the requirement for a universally organized response to the outbreak, especially on developing a vaccine and checking the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic.

They resolved to work intently on this, including through the G20 that Saudi Arabia is going to host this year.

The G20 Summit is scheduled in the Saudi capital Riyadh between November 21 and 22.

Johnson has spoken via phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the past few days regarding the outbreak.

Johnson is due to chair another Cobra crisis committee with health authorities on Monday to co-ordinate the British government’s response, which a few people have criticized for including less stringent measures than those of other European countries.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated the legislature would take measures for people over 70 years and public vulnerable to Covid-19 to self-isolate, conceivably for months.

On Sunday, 10 Downing Street statement said Johnson and senior ministers would have daily press meetings on the pandemic, upheld by medical specialists and scientists.

G7 pioneers will examine global efforts to fight the infection over a phone call on Monday. Johnson will request all pioneers to help the World Health Organization with fundings and expertise for research. Hoping that would guarantee quick advance to build up a vaccine and drive help to relieve the economic impact of the emergency.

Article Credit: The National/Reuters

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