Coronavirus Outbreak:  PM Modi says, won’t participate in Holi Milan, asks people to reduce mass gatherings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that he would not be participating in the Holi celebrations and asked people to avoid gatherings, amid coronavirus fears.

“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,” PM Modi tweeted.

PM Modi yesterday held a review meeting of the coronavirus situation in India and said there is no need to panic.

Ministry of health Affairs on Tuesday issued a travel advisory in which visas of travelers from Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea has been suspended.

“All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and issued on or before 03.03.2020 and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect. Those who want to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate,” the statement said.