Bengaluru: Amid massive global scare of Coronavirus, Prime Minister yet again took to Twitter to urge his countrymen not to panic over the virus and advised them not to travel overseas if it is unnecessary. 

He said on microblogging website: 

Say No to Panic, Say Yes to Precautions.

No Minister of the Central Government will travel abroad in the upcoming days. I urge our countrymen to also avoid non-essential travel. 

We can break the chain of spread and ensure safety of all by avoiding large gatherings.


Meanwhile, the ministry or external affairs has advised the BCCI not to go ahead with its plans of conducting the annual IPL. 

The tweet reads: Coronavirus scare: We advise against conducting IPL, final decision lies with organisers, says MEA. 


The tournament is scheduled to begin on March 29 and end by the end of May, with as many as eight teams taking part in it. 

As of now, the number of positive Coronavirus cases in India stand at 73, with Kerala having the highest number of cases at 17, followed by Maharashtra, with 11 cases and Uttar Pradesh, which has 10 cases. 

As per government sources, as many as 10 lakh people have been screened for the virus. The government has made elaborate arrangements for people at airports to undergo the screening tests. 

Meanwhile, Jaishankar, MEA, said, “All the cases so far have come directly from those who have a travel history. In doing so, we are clear that we will do whatever must be done to ensure that the spread of coronavirus is restricted and the health security of India ensured.” 

The government has suspended all visas except those of officials. 

The World Health Organisation has declared Coronavirus to be a pandemic. 

More than 3000 people have lost their lives due to the dreaded virus worldwide. 

In the latest development, President Ram Nath Kovind too put out a tweet saying the Rashtrapati Bhavan would be closed for tours.