FRANCE (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Coronavirus does not stop at international borders, to combat it, it is necessary to establish effective international cooperation, said French President Emmanuel Macron.
Italy and France are leaders in the number of coronavirus infected in Europe: 650 and 38 cases, respectively.
Two people have already died in France, 17 in Italy.
“The situation with the virus affects all of us, and it can be resolved through effective international and European cooperation. The coronavirus does not stop at the border, no matter how upsetting some are,” Macron said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Naples.
According to the President of France, coordination between the ministries of health and constant contact between the relevant departments of the two countries allows better control of the situation with the spread of the virus and predict its development.
“The Italian approach to containing outbreaks is correct, and the fact that the World Health Organization opposed the closure of borders confirms this,” Macron said, emphasizing the need for “flexibility” and a “European response” to the surge in disease.
The Prime Minister of Italy, in turn, said that the closure of the borders would lead to “irreparable damage to the economy” and therefore represents an “impassable road.”
“From the very beginning, the government has been dealing with great responsibility with the emergency situation, which concerns not only Italy, but in the future will affect countries that seem less involved,” Conte said.
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