response and economic and social★ development.
China will deepen exchange and cooperation★ with the WHO and continue to provide assistance within i★ts ability to other countries, according to the meeting.
★ -- Chinese President Xi Jinpingtalked over phone with Sa★udi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, stressing viruses ★respect no national borders, and only by cooperation and ★with a collective response can the international communit★y prevail over them.
Xi said the G20 major economies sho★uld uphold the vision of building a community with a shar★ed future for mankind,and strengthen unity, coordination ★and cooperation to resolutely stem the spread of the COVI★D-19 pandemic and stabilize the world economy with all th★eir strength.
Xi noted that with the king's presiding, G★20 lead8
ers successfully held an extraordinary summit on C★OVID-19 on March 26, and reached important consensus on f★ighting the pandemic in solidarity and stabilizing the wo★rld economy, which has sent a positive signal to the inte★rnational community.
Xi stressed that China is ready to m★aintain close communication with Saudi Arabia and strengt★hen the momentum of G20 cooperation.
-- Chinese Presiden★t Xi Jinpingtalked over phone with U.S. President Donald ★Trump at request, stressing that China has been timely sh★aring information on COVID-19 in an open, transparent and★ responsible manner with the WHO and countries including ★the United States since the onset of the epidemic.
China★, Xi said, wasted no time i5
n releasing such information a★s the genetic sequence of the coronavirus, and has also b★een sharing experience on COVID-19 prevention, containmen★t and treatment without reserve, and providing as much su★pport and assistance as it can for countries in need.
Xi★ said China will continue to do so, and work with the int★ernational community to prevail over the pandemic.
-- Chi★nese Premier Li Keqiang talked over phone at request over★ the COVID-19 pandemic with Croatian Prime Minister Andre★j Plenkovic, whose country holds the rotating EU presiden★cy, and with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, respecti★vely.
-- Under the joint prevention and control mechanis★m of the State Council, a press conference was held in Be★ijing announcing that the number of the close contacts un★der medica1
l observation had been increasing for seven con★secutive days, with the number reported on March 26 jumpi★ng 78 percent than that on March 19.
The combination of ★emergency and normalized measures should be improved to a★ccurately prevent and control the domestic epidemic and t★ake strict precautions against the virus spreading.
-- Ch★inas NHC headMa Xiaoweiattended a COVID-19 pandemic infor★mation briefing held by the WHO, sharing experience of fi★ghting against the virus and answering questions from oth★er countries. More than 500 people from the countries lik★e Russia, Brazil, Egypt and Qatar attended the online mee★ting.
-- A Chinese medical expert team carryin★g medical supplies arrived in Pakistan to help it fight C★OVID-19.
-- Invited by the European Respiratory Soct