Coronavirus scare: Are you going to avoid Holi celebrations?
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other ministers have said that they won't attend any Holi gathering this year.
The coronavirus scare is likely to keep people away from Holi celebrations as India has reported over 40 positive cases. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other ministers have said that they would not attend any gathering to mark the festival and the panicked citizens are expected to follow the suit.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 4, 2020
With alertness and safeguards, we all can help contain the outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. In a precautionary measure, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will not hold the traditional Holi gatherings.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 4, 2020
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हमारे मार्गदर्शक व देश के पीएम श्री @narendramodi जी के पद्चिन्हों पर चलते हुए मैंने भी इस बार किसी होली मिलन कार्यक्रम में हिस्सा नहीं लेने का फ़ैसला किया है।
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Also, there have been several reports asking people to avoid using Chinese products on Holi which has resulted in a dip in sales of waterguns and balloons.
On Monday, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma appealed to people to avoid using Chinese products on Holi in the wake of novel coronavirus scare. He said the situation in the state is under control but people should remain vigilant and consult doctors if they have any symptoms like fever or cough.
"People should try avoiding the use of Chinese products and chemical-based colours on Holi. Natural colour or Gulal should be used," he said in a video message.