No Central Minister Will Travel Abroad In Upcoming Days: PM Modi On Coronavirus

No Central Minister Will Travel Abroad In Upcoming Days: PM Modi On Coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tweeted no ministers in his government will go abroad in order to minimise the risk of being infected with the highly contagious novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

"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," PM Modi tweeted.

"The Government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Across ministries & states, multiple steps have been proactively taken to ensure safety of all. These steps are wide-ranging, from suspension of Visas to augmenting healthcare capacities," he tweeted

The number of people infected with coronavirus in India has climbed to 73, the most being in Kerala at 17. The government has suspended all tourist visas until April 15 and said it would quarantine travellers arriving from seven virus-hit countries as it attempts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Diplomatic visas and visas for international organisations, employment and projects are exempt.