German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump held telephone conversations. Cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic was the main topic of discussion, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
“The chancellor and the U.S. president agreed to maintain close contact on this issue and use opportunities for cooperation.
Merkel and Trump also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and agreed that close cooperation in this area is still necessary.
On March 22, Merkel went into self-isolation because she had contact with a doctor, who was later diagnosed with coronavirus. On the same day, she took a test for the virus and it was negative. A second test two days later gave the same result.
An outbreak of COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus occurred in Wuhan, China in late December. Outside China, the disease was diagnosed in patients in over 190 countries. On 11 March, WHO declared a coronavirus pandemic.