In a letter, PM Modi offers assistance to Chinese President Xi Jinping over coronavirus outbreak 

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Feb 09, 2020, 05.24 PM(IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Taj Fisherman's Cove hotel, in Kovalam. Photograph:( ANI )

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The prime minister also offered condolences on the unfortunate loss of lives.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed solidarity with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the people of China over the deadly coronavirus outbreak, news agency ANI reported quoting sources. 

According to sources, PM Modi wrote a letter to Jinping and offered assistance to face the challenge of the deadly outbreak.

He also offered condolences on the unfortunate loss of lives.

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The prime minister conveyed appreciation for the facilitation provided by the Government of China for the evacuation of Indian citizens from the Hubei province of China.

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak seems to show no signs of abating with the number of deaths crossing over 800 in China.

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The number of fatalities has even surpassed that of the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003.

India, so far, seems to have contained the infection with three positive cases reported and no report of any other infected. 

Nearly 400 Indians out of the batch of people evacuated from China have tested negative for the infected. 

On Saturday, India said it will not allow any foreigner into India with a  travel history to China after January 15.