Bill Gates writes to PM Modi, praises his leadership in dealing with Covid-19

Bill Gates writes to PM Modi

New Delhi: The billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising his leadership in handling the Covid-19 crisis and the measures that his government has taken to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases in India.

In his letter to PM Modi, he said, “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 hotspots 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 wrote.

“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,” the letter said.

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

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as per their website, has committed $100 million for work on COVID-19 globally. Alongside, the foundation has set aside another $5 million to support efforts to combat the virus in the in the greater Seattle area of USA.