G20 health ministers hold virtual meeting on coronavirus

RIYADH (Reuters) - Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies held a virtual meeting on Sunday to work on a joint response to the coronavirus pandemic and will issue a statement, the G20 said in a separate statement. It said a planned virtual news conference was cancelled as the health minister of Saudi Arabia, the current G20 chair, had to attend 'an urgent COVID-19 KSA (Saudi) taskforce meeting'.

Reuters April 20, 2020 00:06:17 IST
G20 health ministers hold virtual meeting on coronavirus

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RIYADH (Reuters) - Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies held a virtual meeting on Sunday to work on a joint response to the coronavirus pandemic and will issue a statement, the G20 said in a separate statement.

It said a planned virtual news conference was cancelled as the health minister of Saudi Arabia, the current G20 chair, had to attend "an urgent COVID-19 KSA (Saudi) taskforce meeting".

The Saudi minister had delivered the opening remarks of the meeting, according to a video provided to media.

Member countries will be joined by leaders from Spain, Singapore, Jordan and Switzerland as well as international and regional organisations including the World Health Organization and the World Bank, an earlier G20 statement said.

(Reporting by Dahlia Nehme and Marwa Rashad; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Alexander Smith and Hugh Lawson)

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