Coronavirus: Disease Control

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if the Government will take steps to work with its (a) international and (b) European counterparts on reducing the risks of (i) infection and (ii) transmission of covid-19.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK continues to support global efforts to combat the outbreak of COVID-19. We have world leading medical expertise, an unparalleled diplomatic network and experience working with countries to overcome public health emergencies. Our overseas missions have prioritised efforts to engage foreign governments on COVID-19 response. The UK is also working closely with our G7 partners, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the EU and other international partners.

Through the WHO, the UK is funding efforts to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease by supporting developing countries most at risk of coronavirus. This includes training rapid response teams and medical staff to identify and respond to symptoms, raising awareness in developing countries of how to avoid coronavirus and predicting the spread of the virus to better target future support.

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