New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases are on the rise worldwide, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on phone and discussed the COVID-19 situation. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, PM Modi to Share Video Message With All on Friday

As per updates from the PMO, both the leaders exchanged views on the low availability of medicines and medical equipment to fight the coronavirus pandemic. They also agreed to explore avenues of cooperation in the area. Besides, they also highlighted the importance of international collaboration for fighting the novel health crisis. Also Read - Testing, Tracing, Isolation, Quarantine: PM Narendra Modi Shares 4-Point Plan With CMs

“They shared views on the inadequate availability of medicines and medical equipment required during the pandemic and agreed to explore avenues of cooperation in this regard,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said. Also Read - ‘Focus on Fitness’: PM Modi Urges All to Stay Healthy And Fit During Coronavirus Lockdown

On the call, the German chancellor agreed with PM Modi that the COVID-19 pandemic is an important turning point in modern history.

On the other hand, PM Modi also informed her about various initiatives that India has taken recently to disseminate simple yoga exercises and immunity-enhancing Ayurvedic remedies for people of the world.

She also agreed with PM Modi that such practices could be very beneficial for enhancing psychological and physical health, especially under the present coronavirus lockdown.

While India has announced a 21-day lockdown to prevent coronavirus spread, Germany, on the other hand, has also declared restrictions on public life to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus by two weeks until April 19.