New Delhi: As all states on Friday announced their measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, a day after the first death was reported in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed that the leadership of SAARC nations could chalk out a joint strategy through video-conferencing and set an example for the world. “Our planet is battling the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. At various levels, governments and people are trying their best to combat it,” Modi said on Twitter. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Targets Govt Over Coronavirus, Says 'Economy Will Be Destroyed If No Action Taken'

South Asia, which is home to a significant number of the global population, should leave no stone unturned to ensure that the people are healthy, he said. “I would like to propose that the leadership of SAARC nations chalk out a strong strategy to fight coronavirus. We could discuss, via video conferencing, ways to keep our citizens healthy,” he said. “Together, we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet,” Modi said. Also Read - IPL 2020 Coronavirus: No IPL Matches To be Held in Delhi, Says Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia



The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is A regional intergovernmental organization that comprises Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Also Read - Pornhub Gives Free Premium Subscription to Italy as Coronavirus Kills Over 1000 Amid Total Lockdown in The Country

The official number of positive cases rose to 75 on Friday. A day ago, PM Modi asked the countrymen to not panic. Apart from directing the Union ministers not to travel abroad in the upcoming days, Modi also urged people to avoid non-essential travel, saying, “We can break the chain of spread and ensure the safety of all by avoiding large gatherings.”



The defence ministry has set up seven more quarantine facilities, especially for Indian citizens being brought to back from the coronavirus-hit countries, an official said. The facilities have been set up at Jaisalmer, Suratgadh, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Deolali, Kolkata and Chennai.

The Army is already operating a quarantine facility in Manesar while the one in Hindon, near Ghaziabad, is being operated by the air force.

(With Agency Inputs)