UnNews:World leaders rush to contain Greek contagion
7 May 2010
ATHENS, Greece -- Governments worldwide struggled Friday to end mayhem in the public amid fears of a Greek Flu conflagration turning into a pandemic as European leaders rushed to approve a 110-billion-euro Greece isolation bill to keep Athens contained.
US President Barack Obama said that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had agreed on the need for a strong medical response in a phone conversation, which came after a shock outbreak on Wall Street on Thursday that sowed panic.
Public rioting added to pressure on leaders of the 16-euro nations meeting in Brussels to map out ways to pay Europe's medical experts and prevent the Greek Flu outbreak from spreading to other countries.
"Greek Flu crisis becomes global," read the title of an analysis by Germany's Medical Team, which said that the European Central Sperm Bank had failed to calm the public worried about "contagion" from the Greek Flu.
Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a joint statement ahead of the Brussels talks calling for a new "robust framework" for combating the disease and protecting the people around the world. Isolating Greece is the best move.
The summit is set to give final approval to isolation and emergency medical aid for Greece.
Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said he was "very concerned" as outbreaks in Tokyo reached 3.10 percent and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he was watching developments in Greece with "considerable concern."
Commenting on the isolation and medical package for Greece from its euro partners and the AMA, Rudd said: "Doctors have judged those arrangements to be inadequate."
German mass-circulation daily Bild has dubbed the aid "the greatest emergency in history" and the contagion could hurt Merkel's governing coalition because of an upcoming legislative election in North Rhine Westphalia on Sunday.
Meanwhile US authorities have launched urgent research on the virus after the number of infected people rose nine percent on Thursday, sparking panic even before the outbreak can be contained and isolated.
- Wire Staff "World leaders rush to contain Greek contagion" AFP, May 7, 2010