As the coronavirus fear spreads across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tweeted that he would not participate in this year's Holi celebrations to avoid mass gatherings.
"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," Modi wrote on social networking site Twitter.
Home Minister Amit Shah also decided to not to participate in any Holi Milan celebrations this year. "Holi is a very important festival for we Indians but in the wake of Coronavirus, I've decided not to participate in any Holi Milan celebration this year," Shah wrote on Twitter. Home Minister also urged everyone to avoid public gatherings amid coronavirus scare in the country.
More than 25 cases of deadly novel coronavirus have been reported in India so far, the Union Health Ministry said today.
Indian government advised all the citizens to refrain from non-essential travel to the worst affected countries, including China, South Korea, Iran and Italy. Samples of all six people in Noida who were put on observation for suspected coronavirus infection have tested negative today.
In a series of tweet, Narendra Modi mentioned that he has reviewed India's preparedness to deal with global pandemic. "Had an extensive review regarding preparedness on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Different ministries & states are working together, from screening people arriving in India to providing prompt medical attention," PM Modi wrote.
PM Narendra Modi also shared a graphic on what measures can be taken to protect oneself from being infected by coronavirus. "There is no need to panic. We need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection," PM Modi wrote.
Global deaths due to coronavirus outbreak on Monday rose above 3,000 with the new count in China mainland rising to 2,912.