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EU's health chief Kyriakides meets China's ambassador to the EU for updates on Coronavirus

EU Health / Stella Kyriakides on Twitter

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While the number of confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of Coronavirus still remains low across the bloc, the EU’s health chief, Stella Kyriakides met on Monday with the Head of China’s Mission to the EU, Ambassador Zhang Ming, to discuss recent developments of the fast-spreading disease.
Kyriakides tweeted that Europe “stands ready to continue supporting China in their efforts to contain the spread of the virus,” while in the previous weeks she had stressed that it is “time for facts, not for fear”.
The EU will hold an emergency meeting of health ministers on 13 February to assess the preparedness of member-states, in case the disease severely hits the bloc.
So far, the Union has been trying to prevent the further spread of the virus and over the weekend, 95 more EU citizens were repatriated from the Coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan in China through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism that coordinated and co-funded the move.
Speaking from EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said on Monday: “As the Coronavirus outbreak affects more and more countries, coordination and cooperation need to be our main focus. Now is the time to join forces in order to stop this epidemic. It is crucial that the entire international community focus on preparedness and response efforts to fight coronavirus, keeping international solidarity in mind.”
 

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