Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in a video convention with different SAARC nations at 5 pm on Sunday to evolve a joint technique to battle the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak that has killed greater than 5,000 folks worldwide and contaminated 1.three lakh others.
“Come together for (the) common good! 15 March, 1700 IST. PM Narendra Modi will lead India at the video conference call of all SAARC member countries, to chalk out a strong common strategy to fight COVID-19 in the region,” Raveesh Kumar, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, tweeted this night.
Coming collectively for frequent good!
15 March, 1700 IST
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) March 14, 2020
The video convention comes on the again of a tweet by PM Modi calling on SAARC nations to work collectively to comprise this lethal pandemic.
“I would like to propose that the leadership of SAARC nations chalk out a strong strategy to fight coronavirus. We could discuss, via video conferencing, ways to keep our citizens healthy,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Friday.
I want to suggest that the management of SAARC nations chalk out a powerful technique to battle Coronavirus.
We might talk about, by way of video conferencing, methods to maintain our residents wholesome.
Together, we will set an instance to the world, and contribute to a more healthy planet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2020
South Asia, which is house to a major variety of the worldwide inhabitants, ought to depart no stone unturned to make sure that the individuals are wholesome, PM Modi stated in one other tweet.
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka are members of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).
Prime Minister Modi’s name was nicely obtained by member nations, with a Pakistan Foreign Affairs spokesperson tweeting early this morning to acknowledge the necessity for “coordinated efforts at global and regional level(s)”.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had been amongst those that thanked PM Modi for the initiative.
This is what we name management. As members of this area, we should come collectively in such instances. Smaller economies are hit tougher, so we should coordinate. With your management, I’ve little question we are going to see instant and impactful consequence. Looking ahead to the video convention. https://t.co/2RnokAJQOs
— PM Bhutan (@PMBhutan) March 13, 2020
There are over 80 confirmed circumstances within the nation and, as per knowledge from the World Health Organisation, there are 126 circumstances in SAARC area; Pakistan has 20 COVID-19 circumstances.
Two deaths from the area have been linked to COVID-19. Both are from India – a 68-year-old girl died on Friday and a 76-year-old man died on Thursday.
The Indian authorities has introduced numerous inner measures to fight the outbreak.
This contains closing 18 of 37 border checkposts to worldwide visitors and suspension of all present visas – besides a couple of sorts reminiscent of UN and diplomatic – until April 15. The authorities has additionally suggested towards non-essential journey overseas; folks have been warned of a 14-day quarantine on their return.
Various state governments have additionally reacted, shutting down public areas reminiscent of malls and cinema theatres, in addition to closing faculties and schools. On Saturday, main IT main Infosys introduced it could quickly shut a Bengaluru workplace and sanitise premises after a suspected COVID-19 case.
The COVID-19 outbreak started in a market in China’s Wuhan district in December final yr. The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak a pandemic, which means it has unfold worldwide and affected big variety of folks.