Both the leaders had a detailed discussion on the situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak and resolved to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight the pandemic.
New Delhi: As India and the United States continue to remain standstill over the significant rise in Coronavirus cases in the countries, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump on Saturday had an extensive discussion over the medical pandemic.
According to reports, both the leaders had a detailed discussion on the situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak and resolved to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight the pandemic.
Soon after the telephonic conversation, PM Modi took to his Twitter account and informed about the development. “We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19,” Modi tweeted.
The discussion comes at a time when both countries are in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States has so far confirmed 278,458 cases of Coronavirus and more than 7,100 deaths, whereas India has over 3,000 positive cases and has reported 75 deaths.
A recent report said to have been shared by the United States government itself states that employers cut over 7 lakh jobs in the first two weeks of March — close to the May 2009 financial crisis peak of 800,000 job losses.
The unemployment rate rose to 4.4 per cent – from 3.5 per cent — the first job decline in a decade, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. Most of the job losses were reported from restaurants and bars, followed by retailers.
In India, there are 2,784 are active cases while 212 individuals have been cured and discharged from the hospitals. The death toll has mounted to 75 while one person has migrated to another country, according to the data released by the Health Ministry on Saturday evening.
Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with the number of positive cases rising to 490, followed by Delhi at 445 and Tamil Nadu at 411. At least 295 people have been infected in Kerala, while Uttar Pradesh reported 174 cases, followed by Rajasthan at 200 cases, Telengana at 159 cases and Andhra Pradesh at 161 cases.
Gujarat has reported 105 cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh (104), Jammu and Kashmir (75), Punjab (57), West Bengal (69), Haryana (49), Bihar (30), Assam (24), Chandigarh (18) and Ladakh (14).
Positive cases have also been reported from Andaman and Nicobar Island (10), Uttarakhand (16), Arunachal Pradesh (1), Goa (7), Chhattisgarh (9), Himachal Pradesh (6), Jharkhand and Manipur (2 each), Odisha (5) and Puducherry (5), as per the Health Ministry data.
Most number of casualties has been reported from Maharashtra (24). Other states and UTs that have reported casualties are Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (1), Delhi (6), Gujarat (10), Himachal Pradesh (1), J&k (2), Karnataka (3), Kerala (2), Madhya Pradesh (6), Punjab (5), Tamil Nadu (1), Telangana (7), Uttar Pradesh (2) and West Bengal (3).