Bill Gates in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has showered praises on him for his terrific leadership and immediate measures India has taken to totally flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections in India, as reported by news agency ANI.
In his letter, Bill Gates writes that: “We commend your leadership and the proactive measures you and your government have taken to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 infection rate in India, such as adopting a national lockdown, expanding focused testing to identify hot spots for isolation, quarantining, and care, and significantly increasing health expenditures to strengthen the health system response and promote R&D and digital innovation.”
Bill Gates in his letter has acknowledged effective measures like national lockdown, testing, hotspot identification, increase in health expenditure and promotion of R&D and also digital innovation. Gates also applauded the launch of Aarogya Setu digital app for coronavirus tracking, contact tracing, and finally to connect people to health services.
Bill Gates said that he is indeed glad about how the Indian government is fully utilising its exceptional digital capabilities to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.
“I’m glad your government is fully utilising its exceptional digital capabilities in its COVID-19 response and has launched the Aarogya Setu digital app for coronavirus tracking, contact tracing, and to connect people to health services,” it added.
“Grateful to see that you’re seeking to balance public health imperatives with the need to ensure adequate social protection for all Indians,” the letter said.
There have been 21,700 confirmed coronavirus cases in India on Wednesday, including 686 deaths. So far 4,325 people have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.