US President Donald Trump has praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his government reversed its decision not to export hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment for the coronavirus.

“Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Thank you Prime Minister [Narendra Modi] for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!”

India’s 1.3 billion residents have been forced into lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak. New Delhi decided over the weekend to limit exports of hydroxychloroquine, citing pressing domestic needs. It is unclear to what extent Trump’s criticism of the move and warnings that India might face “retaliation” contributed to Modi’s change of heart. (RT)