Indian health officials registered a total of 173,790 new cases of coronavirus this Saturday, the lowest number in the last 45 days.
These official data show that the number of citizens who have recovered from the disease is higher than new infections for the sixteenth straight day, while the recovery rate is 90.34 percent.
In global numbers, India has already amassed more than 27.7 million infections while also recording more than 322,400 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began, after 3,617 infections occurred on the previous day.
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this Friday, during which the American highlighted India’s support for “jointly” overcoming the health crisis derived from COVID-19.
“The partnership between the United States and India is vital, it is solid and I believe it is becoming increasingly productive,” Blinken said, according to the State Department.
For his part, Jaishankar noted that relations between the two countries had “been strengthened” over the years and thanked the United States for assistance at a time of “great difficulty” for India due to the critical health situation.
Beyond COVID-19, both representatives spoke about the “challenge of climate change”, one of the “most important challenges of our time”, which they are fighting in cooperation with the Quadrangular Security Dialogue, also known as Quad.
For his part, State Department spokesman Ned Price recognized the US government’s commitment to “deepen” the broad global partnership between the two countries.
“Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar also discussed regional developments, the coup in Burma and continued support for Afghanistan. Both have pledged to continue working together on common priorities for regional and economic security,” concluded Price.