New Delhi: India, along with several other nations, will on Friday participate in a video conference led by China on tackling the ongoing crisis due to coronavirus pandemic around the world. Notably, New Delhi will be represented at the joint secretary-level from the health ministry. Also Read - Mouni Roy Misses Her Sunday Outings Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Shares Sultry Pictures in White Crop Top, Jeggings

The announcement was made by China’s ambassador to India, Sun Weidong. A total of about 18 countries are expected to join the video conference. Also Read - People in Delhi Rush to Buy Diyas Ahead of 9 PM 9 Minutes Event

In a recent tweet, Weidong said, “China will hold a video conference with more than 10 countries in the Eurasian and South Asia on prevention & control of Covid-19 today. China will support & assist its friendly neighbors in the spirit of solidarity amid adversity.” Also Read - COVID-19 Outbreak: Harbhajan Singh, Wife Geeta Basra to Feed 5000 families in Jalandhar

The idea to hold a joint video conferencing session was first suggested by Prime minister Narendra Modi last week when he tweeted about the proposal of a SAARC video conference. In the conference, PM Modi had announced an emergency COVID-19 fund and its rapid response teams for any South Asian country which might be keen to use them.

Earlier today, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla attended a United States-led teleconference with several Indo-Pacific nations on measures to combat the contagious disease. During the teleconference, he briefed participants on the proactive steps taken by India to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference calls are expected to continue on a weekly basis and cover issues like cooperation on vaccine development, challenges of stranded citizens, assistance to countries in need and mitigating the impact on the global economy.

Four people have died and at least 195 people in India have been affected by the deadly coronavirus epidemic that has initiated a lockdown in various parts of the world. A total of 16 people have been discharged so far, including the three patients from Kerala who were recovered last month.