Bill Gates commends PM Modi’s leadership in tackling Covid-19, praises Govt’s proactive measures

Grateful to see that you’re seeking to balance public health imperatives with the need to ensure adequate social protection for all Indians.

Written by April 22, 2020 19:32

New Delhi: Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Wednesday gave a thumbs-up to Narendra Modi’s governance in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that India took early and effective steps in containing the spread of virus and this greatly helped in flattening the curve of infection rate.

Bill Gates writes to PM Modi, commends his leadership in dealing with COVID-19

Also, the billionaire showered praise on the government for taking proactive and social measures for the well-being of needy and underprivileged class in 21 days and then extended 19 days lockdown.

Modi govt’s Aarogya Setu App also found mention in Bill Gates letter to PM Modi, where he patted India’s back for utilizing its exceptional digital capabilities in fight against Covid-19.

What Bill Gates said in a letter to PM Modi

1) 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.

2) I’m glad your government is fully utilizing 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.

3) Grateful to see that you’re seeking to balance public health imperatives with the need to ensure adequate social protection for all Indians.

Bill Gates writes to PM Modi, commends his leadership in dealing with COVID-19

Earlier today, The central government brought an ordinance to end violence against health workers, making it a cognizable, non-bailable offence with imprisonment up to seven years for those found guilty.

Javadekar said that an amendment will be made to the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and ordinance will be implemented.