PM Modi Urges G20 Leaders For Concrete Action Plan To Fight Against Coronavirus (Photo Credit: File Photo - ANI Image)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the G20 leaders to come out with a concrete action plan to fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is to be noted that the Coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 18,500 lives and infected over 4 lakh people across the world.
In a statement, PM Modi stated that 90 per cent of the COVID-19 cases and 88 per cent of deaths were in G20 countries even as they share 80 per cent of world GDP and 60 per cent of the world population. The Prime Minister further urged world leaders to help usher in a new globalisation for the collective well-being of humankind and have multilateral fora focus on promoting the shared interests of humanity.
"PM Modi underscored the need to put human beings at the centre of our vision of global prosperity and cooperation, freely and openly share the benefits of medical research and development, develop adaptive, responsive and humane health care systems, promote new crisis management protocols and procedures for an interconnected global village, strengthen and reform intergovernmental organisations like WHO and work together to reduce economic hardships resulting from COVID-19 particularly for the economically weak," the Ministry of External Affairs press statement said.
PM Modi also thanked the King of Saudi Arabia for convening extraordinary session of G20. Also, other G20 Leaders urged for a coordinated global response to fight the pandemic, adopting measures to safeguard the global economy, minimising trade disruption, and steps to enhance global cooperation.
It is worth mentioning here that G20 nations pledged a "united front" in the fight against coronavirus, saying they were injecting USD 5 trillion into the global economy to counter the pandemic amid forecasts of a deep recession.
As for the coronavirus cases in India are concerned, a total of 651 people have been found positive of COVID-19. The death count in India has reached 15 due to the pandemic.
Importantly, the novel coronavirus, which originated in China, has claimed thousands of lives across the world. With no known cure so far for the coronavirus, the deadly disease has become a major issue for the entire world.