Trump calls Duterte to discuss COVID-19 response cooperation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) — US President Donald Trump called President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss bilateral cooperation on the COVID-19 response, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said Sunday.

Go, who was once Duterte’s long-time aide before becoming a senator, still enjoys wide access to the President.

Further details on the conversation between the two leaders have yet to be released.

To date, the Philippines has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, with 6,259 cases. Of that number, 409 have died and 572 have recovered.

The US, meanwhile, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide, with 735,366 people who have contracted the viral disease and 39,095 deaths because of it.