Bengaluru: After his desire to give up the controls of his social media accounts to women on International Women’s day, Prime Minister Narendra has made yet another desire of his public. 

In the wake of Coronavirus spreading its tentacles far and wide and becoming a pandemic, the PM has expressed his desire not to celebrate Holi this year. 

In a tweet, he said, “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.” 


The Prime Minister had also put out a tweet yesterday (Wednesday) urging countrymen not to panic over the spread of the virus and spelt out a few measures to guard ourselves against the spread of the virus. 

Apart from these steps, it is also advisable that if one contracts cough and flu, one consults a doctor and seeks his advice on the issue.

Update on Coronavirus cases across the world (As of Tuesday) 

The coronavirus death toll in China climbed to 2,943 with 31 more deaths.

According to the World Health Organisation, there are 89,527 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,056 deaths reported globally in 67 countries.

Meanwhile, South Korea's coronavirus case total, the largest in the world outside China approached 5,000 on Tuesday as authorities reported 477 new cases.

Two more people had died, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, taking the toll to 28.

The country has seen a rapid rise in infections in recent days as authorities carry out checks on more than 260,000 people associated with the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious group often condemned as a cult that is linked to more than half the cases.

United States Vice President Mike Pence has said that the number of deaths in the US from the deadly coronavirus rose to six on Monday while the total number of confirmed cases in the country crossed 90, as the novel virus continues to spread around the world despite travel restrictions.  

All the six deaths in the US are from the Washington state with 43 domestic cases and 48 cases of the individuals who returned to the US, officials said on Monday.