PM Modi offers India’s help to China to deal with coronavirus outbreak
As China reels under the deadly coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed to Chinese President Xi Jinping India’s readiness to provide assistance to the country to deal with the situation.
The PM offered condolences at the loss of lives due to the outbreak, government officials said, and also conveyed appreciation for facilitating the evacuation of Indian citizens from Hubei province.
The coronavirus epidemic has killed 813 people and infected more than 37,000 in China as of February 9. In a letter to Xi, Modi expressed solidarity with the president and the people of China over the outbreak of the virus.
The Centre has removed surgical masks and gloves from a list of banned export items, according to a notification. “… items such as surgical masks/disposable masks and all gloves except NBR gloves are allowed freely for export,” the directorate general of foreign trade said.
“Received condolence letter from Indian PM Narendra Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding nCoV outbreak in China. Appreciate friendly message and kind support by Indian government. Look forward to further cooperation and confident the epidemic will be brought to an end soon,” the Chinese ambassador tweeted.