New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rescheduled his trip Belgium capital Brussels where he was attending the India-European Union Summit due to rising fears of the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. Also Read - CRPF Moves Ailing Man to Chandigarh After Airlifting Him From Rajouri
“As far as India-EU Summit is concerned which PM Modi had to attend, the health authorities of both the countries suggested that travelling must not take place at present. So, it has been decided that Summit will be rescheduled on a mutually convenient date,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated in a press briefing. Also Read - Mamata Ropes in Abhijit Banerjee on COVID-19 Advisory Panel For West Bengal
“The decision has been taken in the spirit of close cooperation between the EU and India who share the same concerns and commitment to global health and hope that the outbreak is contained soon,” he added. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to Bahrain King, Discusses COVID-19 Situation, Financial Markets
Notably, two staff members of the European Union administration tested positive with the deadly virus in Brussels and are currently undergoing treatment. The EU Parliament subsequently limited its public access to the buildings as large gatherings have been proven transmission points of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has accepted Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s invite for the centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman). MEA spokesperson Kumar said that more details on the same will be shared soon.
A total of 30 people have tested positive for coronavirus in India so far, while over 90,000 people around the world have been infected by the epidemic. More than 3,000 people have died in China since the virus erupted in Wuhan city.