India extends its support to China in the fight against coronavirus

BEIJING: India has extended its support to China in the fight against the feared outbreak of coronavirus, and called for an objective and rational assessment of the epidemic that has killed 259 people and affected almost 12,000 more.

Foreign Minister S spoke Friday by telephone with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and thanked him for China's cooperation to evacuate the stranded Indians from Wuhan City and Hubei Province, affected by the coronavirus.

On Friday, India transported 324 Indians, mostly students, by plane from Wuhan and made a second flight on Saturday to evacuate the rest of the province.

The Chinese health authorities announced that the death toll increased to 259 and the total number of confirmed cases increased to 11,791, the largest increase since China began reporting the spread of the virulent virus on January 21.

In his telephone conversation with Wang, Jaishankar advocated an objective and rational assessment of the epidemic and said that India is confident that China will overcome difficulties, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

Jaishankar said that India supports the Chinese government and people in their efforts to combat the outbreak of the new coronavirus and appreciates China's open, transparent and responsible attitude to respond to the epidemic, he said.

India is confident that China will eventually overcome the epidemic, the Foreign Minister said.

Wang, who is also the State Councilor, thanked India for their support and said the Chinese government and people are doing everything possible to fight the coronavirus.

We have taken the most complete and rigorous prevention and control measures, many of which go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations.

China's efforts are not only protecting the health of its own people, but also the health of people around the world. Foreign governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) have fully recognized this, Wang said.

On January 31, WHO declared the virus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Wang said WHO, however, did not approve travel or trade restrictions in China when it judged the outbreak of coronavirus.

We believe that all countries in the world, including India, will respect this important WHO recommendation and China is willing to further strengthen public health cooperation with the international community, he said.

Wang, in his separate telephone conversation with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday, once again highlighted the deep friendship between the two countries.

While India, the United States, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and many countries evacuated their citizens from Wuhan, the Pakistani government, despite strong opposition criticism, has rejected the requests of several hundred Pakistani students in Wuhan to evacuate them.

The virus, which emerged in early December and dates back to a Wuhan market that sells wild animals, has now spread to more than two dozen countries, including India, USA. UU. Russia & Sweden .