PM Modi's Brussels Visit Cancelled, India-EU Summit Postponed Amid Virus Scare
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has postponed his visit to Belgium in view of the worldwide outbreak of Coronavirus, which had killed more than 3000 people and affected more than 90,000 people since surfacing in China's Wuhan city in December. Belgian capital Brussels was expected to host the India-European Union Summit – an annual event aimed at expanding the strategic partnership.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the health authorities of both countries suggested that travelling must not take place at present. “So, it has been decided that Summit will be rescheduled on a mutually convenient date,” he added.
PM Modi has already decided not to participate in any celebratory events for Holi this year in view of the outbreak.
"Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year, I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme," he tweeted yesterday.
So far 30 cases of Coronavirus has been detected in the country. The figures took a leap after a group of 15 Italian tourists tested positive for the disease. Another case was confirmed today.