13 countries unite to demand global cooperation

13 countries unite to demand global cooperation
A technician works in the lab of the COVID-19 department of the Policlinic of Tor Vergata in Rome, Friday, April 17, 2020. Even as authorities in parts of Italy’s hardest-hit areas press to ease lockdown restrictions, the nation continues to register a few thousand of new cases of COVID-19 each day. According to numbers supplied on Friday by the Health Ministry, there were nearly 3,500 fresh cases since a day earlier, raising Italy’s overall tally of known infections to 172,434. (Source: Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

BERLIN — A group of thirteen countries including Britain, Brazil, Italy and Germany is calling for global cooperation to lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint statement the group said it is committed to “work with all countries to coordinate on public health, travel, trade, economic and financial measures in order to minimize disruptions and recover stronger.”

The countries emphasized the need to maintain "air, land and marine transportation links” to ensure the continued flow of goods, including medical equipment and aid, and the return home of travelers.

They want key transport hubs around the world to remain open and for airlines to maintain major routes.

The group — also including Canada, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, South Korea, Singapore and Turkey — stressed “the importance and critical role of the scientific community in providing guidance to governments” and suggested pooling scientific resources.

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