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NEW DELHI: Celebrities and influencers in the entertainment and sports world have been using social media platforms to educate their fans and followers on the benefits of healthy and safe living with the rise in number of COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, cases.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan urged fans and people across the globe to stay safe and take precautions. On Sunday, he cancelled his weekly ritual of meeting fans who gather outside his residence in Mumbai.

“Each of us needs to make that effort for each of us. Be safe! Be well!!" the actor said on the micro blogging and social networking website Twitter and shared an awareness video.

Bachchan can also be seen in a new video posted by the health ministry, where he informs people about the basics of fighting the deadly virus. These include steps such as washing hands frequently, covering the mouth while sneezing or coughing, avoiding large gatherings and not touching the nose or mouth.

Ace badminton player PV Sindhu also reiterated the importance of personal hygiene and washing hands regularly in a video she posted as part of a challenge.

“Thank you Ms Katherine Hadda for the challenge. Definitely we all can help slow the spread of COVID-19 . Make sure everyone wash yours hands properly," Sindhu tweeted.

Actor Priyanka Chopra also batted for social distancing, urging people to take to ‘namaste’ as a form of greeting.

Chopra has also been tweeting about the dangers of misinformation during a health crisis.

Earlier this month, Salman Khan too had posted a picture of himself folding hands on another social media platform Instagram. He asked people to take to ‘namaskar’ and ‘salaam,’ both customary Indian greetings till the coronavirus scare subsides.

Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team, has also encouraged his followers to stay safe and realise that prevention is better than cure.

“Let’s stay strong and fight the COVID-19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly, remember prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone," Kohli tweeted.

Actors Sonakshi Sinha, Kartik Aaryan and Riteish Deshmukh have all posted pictures of themselves wearing masks, asking people to do the same.

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