BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah will not participate in the Holi celebrations this year due to the coronavirus crisis. India has already reported 28 positive cases of Covid-19 in the last two days. Rashtrapati Bhavan has also cancelled the customary gathering for Holi.
The BJP top brass took a similar decision and all of them will stay away from celebrating the festival of colours.
The PM has cited experts’ advice not to encourage any mass gathering. “Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme,” Modi tweeted.
Home Minister Amit Shah also followed in the footsteps of his leader. “Holi is a very important festival for we Indians but in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, I’ve decided not to participate in any Holi Milan celebration this year,” Shah wrote on Twitter. He also urged everyone to avoid public gatherings.
Later, in a series of tweets, Narendra Modi mentioned that he has reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with the deadly disease.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2020
Modi also shared a graphic on what measures can be taken to protect oneself from being infected by coronavirus.