A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as on SAARC nations to work collectively to include the lethal novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs ministry responded, acknowledging the necessity for “coordinated efforts at global and regional level(s)”.
In a tweet posted early this morning, the spokesperson mentioned the Special Assistant (Health) to Prime Minister Imran Khan had been deputed to take part in a proposed video convention name on measures to take care of COVID-19.
“The threat of COVID-19 requires coordinated efforts at global and regional level. We have communicated that SAPM (special assistant to Prime Minister) on Health will be available to participate in video conference of SAARC member countries on the issue,” the tweet learn.
The risk of #COVID-19 requires coordinated efforts at world and regional degree. We have communicated that SAPM on Health will likely be accessible to take part within the video convention of #SAARC member international locations on the problem.
— Spokesperson ???????? MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) March 13, 2020
The spokesperson had earlier mentioned Pakistan was prepared to increase help to its neighbours. The Pakistan Prime Minister has already chaired an emergency assembly on nationwide safety to take care of the coronavirus outbreak.
On Friday PM Modi urged India’s neighbours to affix arms to struggle the outbreak that has claimed over 5,000 lives worldwide and contaminated greater than 1.three lakh folks. He requested SAARC leaders to assist chalk out a “strong strategy to fight coronavirus”.
“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.
I want to suggest that the management of SAARC nations chalk out a robust technique to struggle Coronavirus.
We might talk about, by way of video conferencing, methods to maintain our residents wholesome.
Together, we are able to set an instance to the world, and contribute to a more healthy planet.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2020
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 to band collectively towards COVID-19 was favourably obtained by SAARC nations, with Lotay Tshering, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, replying: “As members of this region, we must come together in such times. Smaller economies are hit harder, so we must coordinate”.
This is what we name management. As members of this area, we should come collectively in such occasions. Smaller economies are hit more durable, so we should coordinate. With your management, I’ve little doubt we are going to see fast and impactful final result. Looking ahead to the video convention. https://t.co/2RnokAJQOs
— PM Bhutan (@PMBhutan) March 13, 2020
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa additionally responded, tweeting: “Thank you for the great initiative Shri Narendra Modi. (We) are ready to join the discussion and share our learnings and best practices and to learn from other #SAARC members”.
Thank you for the nice initiative Shri @narendramodi – #LKA is able to be a part of the dialogue & share our learnings & greatest practices and to study from different #SAARC members. Let’s unite in solidarity throughout these attempting occasions and hold our residents secure. https://t.co/fAiT5w3O8D
— Gotabaya Rajapaksa (@GotabayaR) March 13, 2020
There are over 80 confirmed instances within the nation and, as per knowledge from the World Health Organisation, there are 126 instances in SAARC area; Pakistan has 20 COVID-19 instances.
No deaths have been reported from different SAARC international locations, up to now.
India reported its first COVID-19-linked loss of life on Thursday – a 76-year-old man who died in north Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district on Tuesday has examined optimistic, the Union Health Ministry mentioned. A second was reported late Friday night time – a 68-year-old girl from Delhi.
As a part of its response, the federal government has shut borders to present visas – besides diplomatic, official, UN/worldwide organisations, employment and challenge – until April 15.
Various state governments have additionally reacted, shutting down public areas resembling malls and cinema theatres, in addition to closing colleges and schools.
The COVID-19 outbreak started in a market in China’s Wuhan district in December final 12 months.
The World Health Organisation has declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, which means it has unfold worldwide and affected enormous variety of folks.
In a collection of tweets, the WHO mentioned it was “deeply involved each by the alarming ranges of unfold and severity (of the virus), and by the alarming ranges of inaction.