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Trump, G-7 leaders agree to cooperate on coronavirus response

Trump, G-7 leaders agree to cooperate on coronavirus response
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE on Monday joined leaders of the Group of Seven (G-7) countries in a teleconference to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

“The leaders discussed efforts to accelerate the national health and economic responses to the coronavirus pandemic in order to save lives and restore economic growth,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement on the teleconference, which took place Monday morning.

The world leaders agreed to pool epidemiologic data and cooperate on research efforts, use fiscal and monetary measures to address the adverse impact on the global economy and restore growth, and support efforts by the World Health Organization, the World Bank and other international groups to respond to the outbreak.

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The G-7 includes Italy, which is among the countries hardest hit by the virus with well over 20,000 people infected. Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan are also members of the group alongside the United States.

In a joint statement, the leaders called the coronavirus pandemic a “human tragedy and a global health crisis, which also poses major risks for the world economy.”

“We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure a strong global response through closer cooperation and enhanced coordination of our efforts. While current challenges may require national emergency measures, we remain committed to the stability of the global economy,” the leaders said.

“We express our conviction that current challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic need a strongly coordinated international approach, based on science and evidence, consistent with our democratic values, and utilizing the strengths of private enterprise,” they added.

The call came as reported cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. neared 4,000. Last week, Trump restricted travel from most of Europe for the next 30 days, a ban that did not initially include the U.K. but was expanded over the weekend.

Various state and local officials have ordered closures of schools, restaurants and other public spaces in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended in-person gatherings of 50 or more people be canceled for the next eight weeks.