European Union countries should coordinate their responses to the outbreak of the coronavirus to avoid diverging approaches, the EU’s Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told reporters.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Rome with the health minister of Italy, where there has been a sharp increase in the number of infections with the virus causing flu-like symptoms, Kyriakides said countries should not give in to panic and the EU would produce a template for informing travellers on the virus.
“All member states need to inform us of their preparedness plans,” she said. “Diverging approaches across the EU should be avoided,” she said, adding the EU executive was ready to coordinate responses.
We have requested Member States to review their preparedness plans and health care capacities. It is crucial that they all inform us about their level of preparedness – this is key for our mutual security. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/KUkrBLwcuh
— Stella Kyriakides (@SKyriakidesEU) February 26, 2020