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EU to hold emergency coronavirus talksEU health ministers have called an emergency meeting on how to prevent the Covid-19 virus from spreading further across Europe.

The ministers met in Brussels while Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization's emergency program, joined the debate via video link.

Janez Lenarcic, the commissioner responsible for crisis management, said before the meeting that the risk of spreading Covid-19 in Europe remains "low, but it could increase".

Ministers will also discuss how to facilitate joint procurement of protective equipment by member states to avoid potential shortages and how to help third countries with less robust health systems, Associated Press reported.

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