Phonecall between leaders came as China prepares to seal itself off from the world to stem ‘imported’ coronavirus cases
Chinese president Xi Jinping has called on Donald Trump to take “substantive actions” to improve relations between the two countries, as China prepared to shut its borders to foreign arrivals amid fears of infections coming from abroad.
On Friday, Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping held a phone call about the coronavirus outbreak in an attempt to repair strained relations, following weeks of traded barbs over the virus. According to state media, Xi told Trump in a phone call on Friday that US-China relations had reached an “important juncture”.
Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!
Australia announced it would quarantine all citizens returning home from overseas for two weeks and will deploy armed forces to ensure people already subjected to self-isolation measures are complying.
Global job losses from the coronavirus crisis could far exceed the 25 million estimated just days ago, UN officials said on Thursday, as US jobless claims surged to record levels.
British people took to their doorsteps and balconies to clap and bang pots and pans in honours of NHS workers. It took place on a day that saw the highest number of deaths from coronavirus – 115 – in the UK.
Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, said his citizens were immune from the virus and “never catch anything”.
South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent.
South Korea urged its residents to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings as new coronavirus cases hovered close to 100 per day.