DELHI: Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates wrote a letter to the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi commeding 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 further added in the letter.

He also praised the Indian government for “utilising its exceptional digital capabilities”, such as launching the Aarogya Setu app.

“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 & Melinda Gates Foundation is the second largest donor to the WHO behind the United States. The Gates Foundation has also been a huge help to India in time of this crisis.

Meanwhile, India records 21,393 cases of coronavirus where in 4258 people are already cured & discharged and the death tally reached to 681.