G7 leaders to discuss coronavirus spread via video link today

G7 leaders to discuss coronavirus spread via video link today

The leaders of G7 countries will hold a teleconference on March 16 to discuss the spread of the novel coronavirus in the world, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

"I have recently held telephone talks with the leaders of the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Today the heads of the G7 countries will hold a teleconference at 11pm [local time]," Abe said at the debates in the country's parliament. 

"I hope that we will discuss measures on how to unite in the fight against the virus spread," TASS cited him as saying.

According to the latest reports, over 153,000 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in the world, and the death toll surpassed 5,700.

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