AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu were among a group of world leaders last week who took part in a video call on the coronavirus pandemic.
The online meeting – which also included the prime ministers of New Zealand, Czech Republic, Denmark and Greece, as well as the Chancellor of Austria – saw the leaders discuss various strategies to deal with the virus, and ways to gradually open the countries’ economies after weeks of tight restrictions.
Describing the conference as a “valuable exchange on fighting COVID-19”, Morrison said, “It emphasises the need for continued strong cooperation and collaboration on research for a vaccine, supply chains and combating the virus as well as strengthening our economies again.”
Meanwhile, informing the leaders about the decisions and steps that have been taken in Israel in order to prevent the virus from spreading, Netanyahu called for “a continued exchange of knowledge and ideas” between countries.
The leaders asked Netanyahu about Israel using “digital tools especially in regard to dealing with a second wave of outbreak”, after the Jewish State controversially allowed the Shin Bet security service to use cell phone tracking tools normally reserved for counterterrorism operations to track infected people and identify those who had come into contact with them.
Netanyahu also warned that “unless we have a vaccine, this thing can last a longer period of time than we think”.