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COVID-19: Stirling MP calls for international cooperation to tackle virus

Alyn Smith said more "international cooperation" is needed to overcome coronavirus.

If you feel like you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, please follow the advice from the National Health Service – found here and NHS Inform. Save Lives, Stay at Home.

ALYN Smith has called on the UK government to take the advice of international organisations, such as the European Centre for Disease Control, in the fight to slow down and stop the spread of COVID-19.

In a question and answer session, Stirling’s MP Smith asked the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock if he was “concerned by that analysis” by the European Centre for Disease Control which placed the UK as one European country among five which are not making substantial progress in reducing the spread of the infection.

Smith also urged the UK Government to heed the advice of international organisations when considering how to deal with the spread of COVID-19.

Credit: European Parliament

Commenting on the UK’s placement by the European Centre for Disease Control Alyn Smith said “This week, shamefully, the UK surpassed Italy in recording the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe – with the second highest in the world. The European Centre for Disease Control has said that the UK is not doing enough to slow down the disease.”

Smith referenced the decisions taken by the UK Government adding that “We’ve seen the UK government failing to sign up to procurement programs through the EU that could have supplied more people with PPE to protect those who are working on the frontline to stop this disease. This is a global pandemic and it’s only through international cooperation that we will beat it. That’s why more cooperation is needed, not less”.

The UK government has denied failing to sign up of for joint procurement programs, insisting that invitations were either received late or not at all due to communication errors.

If you feel like you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, please follow the advice from the National Health Service – found here and NHS Inform. Save Lives, Stay at Home.

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