China praises PM Narendra Modi’s letter to Xi Jinping on coronavirus assistance. Over 40,000 people have been affected in at least 28 countries.
Bejing| The death toll due to Coronavirus has climbed to 900 while at least 40,000 have been infected by a new coronavirus believed to have emerged late last year at a market in the central city of Wuhan.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by people who have never travelled to China could be the “tip of the iceberg”.
In a letter to Xi, Modi condoled the loss of lives and offered India’s assistance to deal with the challenge.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conveyed appreciation for the facilitation provided by the Government of China for the evacuation of Indian citizens from the Hubei province of China,” a person accustomed with the developments said.
China is fighting with a major health emergency seen as more challenging than the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s.
India and China share an uneasy relationship given Beijing’s close ties with Pakistan and an unconcluded border conflict dating back to 1962.
Last weekend, India had evacuated 647 of its nationals from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
3252 people under observation in Kerala for Coronavirus. Existing visas, including already issued eVisa, no longer valid for any foreign national travelling from China.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today that a “fear psychosis” was being created over the novel coronavirus outbreak. He dismissed the rumours that migratory birds could be the reason behind its spread.
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday said the state government was following the guidelines laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre, to tackle the novel virus outbreak. Rane said that isolation wards had also been set up for the purpose.