Convening a particular assembly of SAARC leaders over a videoconference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reiterated Indian efforts to counter the novel coronavirus. ‘Put together, however do not panic’ has been India’s mantra to combat the lethal virus, mentioned Modi.

“As everyone knows, COVID-19 has not too long ago been categorised by the World Well being Organisation as a pandemic. To date, our area has listed fewer than 150 circumstances. However we have to stay vigilant,” PM mentioned.

PM Modi additionally proposed a COVID-19 emergency fund, which might be primarily based on voluntary contributions from all SAARC members. India can begin with an preliminary provide of 10 million US for this fund, said Modi.

We’ve got made real efforts to achieve out to weak teams with a view to comprise the unfold of coronavirus and labored to rapidly ramp up capability within the system together with by coaching of medical workers, Narendra Modi added.

SAARC area is nearly house to one-fifth of humanity, emphasised Modi. India wants to stay vigilant and conscious as the character of the pandemic calls for excessive measures.

Modi added that India took proactive steps and upgraded surveillance mechanisms at a number of ranges. He additionally lauded the exterior affairs ministry for finishing up profitable evacuations from varied states.

“Our people-to-people ties are historic and our societies are deeply interconnected. Subsequently, we should all put together collectively, act collectively and succeed collectively,” PM mentioned.

PM Modi: As we put together to face this problem, let me briefly share India’s expertise of combating the unfold of t…

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The convention included leaders of seven international locations — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka — and the particular adviser (Well being) to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dr. Zafar Mirza.

The convention got here a day forward of an identical “digital convention” convened by France for members of the G-7 international locations — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA — which might be held on Monday.

Here is is the complete textual content of PM Modi’s address-

I wish to thanks all for becoming a member of this particular interplay at brief discover.

I specifically thank our buddy Prime Minister Oli who has joined us virtually instantly after his latest surgical procedure. I want him a speedy restoration. I’d additionally prefer to congratulate President Ashraf Ghani for his latest re-election.

I welcome the brand new Secretary-Normal of SAARC, who can also be with us in the present day. I additionally acknowledge the presence of the Director of the SAARC Catastrophe Administration Centre, from Gandhinagar.


As everyone knows, COVID-19 has not too long ago been categorised by W.H.O. as a pandemic.

To date, our area has listed fewer than 150 circumstances. However we have to stay vigilant.Our SAARC area is house to just about one-fifth of all humanity. It’s densely populated.As creating international locations, all of us have important challenges when it comes to entry to healthcare services. Our people-to-people ties are historic, and our societies are deeply inter-connected.Subsequently, we should all put together collectively, we should all act collectively, and we should all succeed collectively.

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As we put together to face this problem, let me briefly share India’s expertise of combating the unfold of this virus to date.

“Put together, however don’t panic” has been our guiding mantra.We had been cautious to not underestimate the issue, but in addition to keep away from knee-jerk reactions. We’ve got tried to take proactive steps, together with a graded response mechanism. We began screening entry into India from mid-January itself, whereas additionally progressively growing restrictions on journey. The step-by-step strategy has helped keep away from panic.We’ve got elevated our public consciousness campaigns on TV, print and social media.
We’ve got made particular efforts to achieve out to weak teams.We’ve got labored to rapidly ramp up capability in our system together with by coaching our medical workers throughout the nation.We’ve got additionally elevated diagnostic capabilities. Inside two months, we moved from one main facility for pan-India testing, to greater than 60 such labs.

And, we now have developed protocols for every stage of managing this pandemic : for screening at entry factors; contact tracing of suspected circumstances; quarantineand administration of isolation services; and for discharge of cleared circumstances.

We additionally responded to the decision of our folks overseas. We evacuated practically 1400 Indians from totally different international locations. We additionally equally helped a few of your residents, in accordance with our ‘neighbourhood first coverage’.

We’ve got now constructed up a protocol for such evacuations, together with finishing up testing by our cellular groups deployed overseas.

We recognised that different international locations can be additionally involved about their residents in India. So we briefed international Ambassadors in regards to the steps we had been taking.

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We totally acknowledge that we’re nonetheless in an unknown state of affairs. We cannot predict with certainty how the state of affairs will unfold regardless of our greatest efforts. You could even be going through comparable issues. Because of this it will be most useful for all of us to share our views.

I stay up for listening to your views.