Speaking prior to a meeting with the German health minister, Jens Spahn, the British health secretary Matt Hancock warned he expects to see more cases of coronavirus in the UK.
Hancock said, “We haven’t seen the peak of the coronavirus by a long stretch and we expect more cases in the UK.
“We have a full plan in place to treat all those who have symptoms and test positively for coronavirus and we are working with international partners both to slow the spread and also to do the research that we need to do to find a vaccine.”
The German health secretary said what ever the future is between the UK and the EU after Brexit, it is important we “join forces” for “research.”
Spahn said, “The virus obviously knows no borders and is a threat to all our citizens.
“What’s important for the international community is actually to join forces when it comes to research, when it comes to detecting the virus and combating it.
“Fighting health security threats is a common interest.
“Whatever might happen for the future between the EU and UK, I find it important that there is good co-operation.”
After the meeting Spahn said, “Although Brexit is obviously ongoing and the UK has left the EU, I find it very important to have ongoing intense co-operation between the UK and EU, especially on security issues.
“Trade is always in focus, that is important too, but you can see by this health security issue, security issues play an important role for all of us and for that we need deeper co-operation.”
On Monday the UK’s department for health said 326 people had been tested negative for coronavirus, whilst two people are confirmed as testing positive for the deadly virus.