World Bank approves $1 billion emergency fund for India to fight coronavirus

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 03, 2020, 08.01 AM(IST)

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The fund will be deployed over the next 15 months with $160 billion to support coronavirus measures which will help respond to health concerns arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak

As the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank on Thursday approved $1 billion emergency financing to India in order to support better screening of COVID-10 patients, contact tracing and laboratory diagnostics.

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"In India, $1 billion emergency financing will support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics, procure personal protective equipment and set up new isolation wards," the World Bank said in a statement.

The fund will be deployed over the next 15 months with $160 billion to support coronavirus measures which will help respond to health concerns arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak and bolster economic recovery.

"This fast response package will save lives and help detect, prevent and respond to COVID-19 crisis in the countries we serve," Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank, managing director of operations, said.

"Our country operations will be coordinated at a global level to ensure best practice is quickly shared, including approaches to strengthen national health systems and prepare for potential follow-on waves of this devastating virus," Trotsenburg added.

The World Bank has also approved $100 million to help Afghanistan to slow the virus and $200 million for Pakistan to fight the disease.

"The World Bank is taking broad, fast action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and we already have health response operations moving forward in over 65 countries," President, David Malpass said, adding,"our country operations will be coordinated at a global level to ensure best practice is quickly shared, including approaches to strengthen national health systems and prepare for potential follow-on waves of this devastating virus."

(With ANI inputs)

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