New Delhi: At a time when the death toll due to the coronavirus has gone up to 810 in China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in a letter offered Chinese President Xi Jinping India’s help to tackle the deadly disease.
PM Modi in the letter expressed solidarity with people of China and President Jinping over the outbreak of coronavirus. He also offered condolences to President Jinping over the loss of lives in the country.
In the letter, PM Modi conveyed to President Xi India’s appreciation for China’s assistance in the evacuation of Indians from Hubei province.
The development comes after Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on February 6 said that more than 600 Indian nationals have been evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan in a complex operation.
“We have successfully carried out the evacuation of 640 Indian nationals and 7 nationals of the Maldives from 2 flights. These Indian nationals belonged to the city of Wuhan and nearby areas and did not show symptoms of any illness. It was a complex operation. We do appreciate the support and facilitation extended by the government of China during this exercise,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said in a press briefing.
The MEA has also said that the Indians had returned on two special Air India flights from Wuhan and were sent to quarantine facilities in Manesar and Chhawla managed by the Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police respectively.
As per updates, more than 800 people have died due to coronavirus so far in China while the number of confirmed cases has gone up to 37,198.
As per the latest figures from the Chinese health officials, 2,649 people have recovered and have been discharged from the hospital. Moreover, 33,738 are currently undergoing treatment for pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus.