MEA sets up COVID-19 control room to respond queries from abroad, says ‘PM personally monitoring situation’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally monitoring the coronavirus outbreak that has affected 168 people in the country and the efforts are on to control the pandemic, said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) officials on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference, the MEA officials said that it has set up a COVID-19 control room with dedicated 24x7 helplines and the ministry’s officials are responding to the concerns raised by Indians all over the world.
“The Ministry is strengthening the COVID Control room. Right now 25-30 people are working in the control room. They work in shifts. We are getting about 400 e-mails and 1000 calls in a day,” said MEA official Dammu Ravi, as quoted by news agency ANI.
Speaking about video conference between South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders, the MEA officials said that PM Modi had called it as the “crisis of this magnitude does not recognise borders.”
“We're moving fast on proposals announced during PM's video conferencing with SAARC leaders. The emergency fund is up and running. We've received many requests from other SAARC countries in form of masks, gloves etc. Quantum of assistance requested so far as crossed USD 1 million,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, as quoted by ANI.