Southeast Asian leaders hold telematic summit on COVID-19



The leaders of the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will hold a telematic summit on Tuesday with their counterparts from China, Japan and South Korea on the response and effects of the pandemine of COVID-19.

This extraordinary summit was announced on Friday by the Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Nguyen Quoc Dung, and coordinated by the authorities of Vietnam, the country that this year hosts the group’s rotating presidency.

The call consists of two appointments: first, the ASEAN meeting of presidents and prime ministers, where they will reaffirm their commitment to fighting the virus in the region, which together has around 20,000 infected and more than 800 dead.

While the second will be joined by the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea and will focus on the threat that the pandemic poses to the population and economic stability of the countries, according to the statement issued by the Vietnamese minister.

ASEAN is made up of Burma (Myanmar), Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The countries of Southeast Asia have around 660 million inhabitants and in all of them cases of COVID-19 have been detected, which has led to imposing strict restrictions on movement within the countries and keeping borders closed even for members of the group.

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