On Thursday, US President Donald Trump said that he will be discussing the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has so far infected more than 4,70,000 worldwide with Chinese President Xi Jinping later over a phone call.
Talking to reporters at the White House during the daily coronavirus task force briefing, Trump said, “I am speaking to Chinese President Xi Jinping tonight, I believe, we will have a good conversation."
Calling their upcoming telephonic conversation a "fruitful call", the US president added that they will discuss the novel coronavirus pandemic which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan before spreading across the globe like wildfire. The novel virus has resulted in the deaths of more than 20,000 people globally.
The United States President also stated said G20 leaders at their virtual meeting agreed that immediate data-sharing is vital in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “The United States is working with its partners around the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus. We discussed how important it is for all of our nations to immediately share information and data and we have been doing this to a large extent,” Trump said.
Trump further said that he may reopen parts of the country that are not severely affected by the infectious virus in a bid to mitigate the negative implications of a lockdown. “Our country has to go back to work. We may take large sections of our country that are not so seriously affected and we may do it that way,” he said.
The United States has taken over China in terms of the largest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
There were 82,404 cases of COVID-19 in the United States versus China’s 81,782, the John Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker revealed.