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EU and UK canceledround of Brexit talks due to coronavirus

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The European Union (EU) and Great Britain canceled the second round of negotiations on future relations after the United Kingdom left the community (Brexit) due to coronavirus.

An official statement from both sides was released on Thursday by the European Commission press service.

“Given the recent development of the coronavirus pandemic, EU and UK negotiators today decided not to hold a [second] round of talks in London next week. Both sides will explore alternative options, including working through a video conference,” statement.

Earlier Thursday, European sources reported that the European Commission has been sending all its staff to work at home since Monday, but this information has not yet been officially confirmed.

An outbreak caused by the new coronavirus disease was recorded at the end of December 2019 in Central China.

On March 11, the World Health Organization recognized it as a pandemic. Cases of infection recorded in more than a hundred countries, including Russia. In total, according to WHO, more than 118 thousand people were infected, about 4.3 thousand died. In the Russian Federation 34 cases of infection are registered.

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