Mumbai: Foreign Minister (EAM) Dr. S. Jaishankar on Monday praised India’s COVID-19 response and said that it should make people believe in the future of the country.
Speaking in the third edition of the Deccan Dialogue, Jaishankar said: “A nation with no preparedness for a massive crisis has responded in such a way that it gives us full confidence in our future.”
The minister said that during the onset of the pandemic, India was not able to provide adequate PPE and ventilators. Even N-95 masks were assembled in small quantities and testing kits were not produced in the country. “We should ask ourselves why not earlier, today not only (India) meets its national needs but helps beyond.”
He also said that during the ongoing epidemic situation, social discipline in India stood out compared to many developed countries, which was an influence of leadership and motivation.
“If we had built more than 15,000 dedicated facilities, with 1.5 million isolation beds, if more than one million Indians were tested daily by 7,000 centers, if Aarogya Setu was devised to facilitate contract testing, then it speaks volumes about our inherent capabilities,” Jaishankar said.
He added: “The challenge now is to increase the moment of this crisis and transform change into a more regular set of practices and procedures, and I am confident that India will come out of the Covid crisis.”
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), India’s daily coronavirus cases have revealed only 30,548 new infections in the last 24 hours.
The country’s COVID-19 tally reached 88,45,127, including 4,65,478 active cases and 82,49,579 recoveries. In the last 24 hours, the cumulative death figure reached 1,30,070 after 435 people died of the disease.
(With Agency Inputs)