WHO praises PM Modi's initiatives to fight COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dollar24 billion package, including free food rations for 800 million disadvantaged people for the next 3 months to fight the coronavirus pandemic. WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom praised India's dollar22.6 billion economic stimulus plan - announced after a 21-day lockdown imposed last week - to provide free food rations for 800 million disadvantaged people, cash transfers to 204 million poor women and free cooking gas for 80 million households for the next 3 months. The head of the World Health Organization voiced deep concern about the rapid escalation and global spread of COVID-19 cases from the new coronavirus, which has now reached 206 countries and territories.