New Delhi: At a time when the deadly coronavirus has claimed more than 4,000 lives worldwide, UK Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the coronavirus outbreak. The UK PMO said that both the leaders emphasised the importance of coordinated international efforts to tackle the spread of the virus. Also Read - 'Say no to Panic, Say Yes to Precautions': PM Modi Says Steps Taken to Ensure Safety of All

As the number of positive cases of coronavirus climbed to 74 in India, the country on Wednesday cancelled most travel visas until April 15. The initiative was taken from India to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Also Read - Why No Tweet From Modi, Shah? Congress 'Pained' at Maharaja Scindia's Treatment



On the other hand, the coronavirus has also been declared as ‘pandemic’ by the World Health Organisation on Wednesday.

As a preventive measure, the UK has also stepped up its preparations to move from the containment phase of the fight-back to delaying its spread.



The deadly virus that first started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year has claimed over 4,600 lives and infected more than 124,330 people across 118 countries and territories worldwide.

Apart from the coronavirus talk, both the leaders also discussed ways to strengthen India-UK cooperation across all areas, including trade.

“More generally, the UK Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi committed to strengthening bilateral cooperation between the UK and India in a range of areas including trade, cultural relations, defence and technology,” the UK PMO said.

During the telephonic talk, Johnson also raised the issue of climate change, welcoming the steps taken by India to increase the generation of renewable energy and urging the need for ambitious action to deliver on the Paris Agreement.