Washington: Amid escalating coronavirus scare, US President Donald Trump has threatened India that the latter would face retaliation if it doesn’t release anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine as per order given by his country. The Hydroxychloroquine has been used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis apart from malaria for decades and several recent scientific studies had pointed out that it is also the most effective drug for novel coronavirus patients. As such, India had, on March 27 banned the export of Hydroxychloroquine. In a news briefing the US President, who many a time had listed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his good friend, said “So, I would be surprised if that were his (PM Modi) decision. He'd have to tell me that. I spoke to him Sunday morning, called him, and I said we'd appreciate your allowing our supply to come out. If he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation. Why wouldn't there be?" The coronavirus pandemic situation has deteriorated in both countries as the number of death and infection soars. Till today, more than a hundred people died from the pandemic in India.
Trump to India, release Hydroxychloroquine or face retaliation