NATO Allies take stock of response to COVID-19 outbreak

  • 18 Mar. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 19 Mar. 2020 09:53

NATO ambassadors held a regular meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Wednesday (18 March 2020). They addressed the COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures being taken by NATO and Allies to curb its spread.

Meeting of the North Atlantic Council with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Social distancing is one of the main precautions to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the swift response by Allies to the outbreak, stressing that our forces remain ready to keep NATO nations safe. He further highlighted that NATO has robust measures and plans in place to ensure that the Alliance’s essential work continues.

The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod Wolters, underlined that mitigation measures continue to be taken, and that the Alliance’s ability to conduct its missions, operations and activities has not been affected – including air policing, maritime deployments, NATO's multinational battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance, and operations from Afghanistan to Kosovo.