Amitabh, Kareena, other celebrities raise awareness on deadly Coronavirus, Lata suggests not to panic, spread rumours

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NEW DELHI: In the wake of the rising misinformation around the novel coronavirus, the Government of India and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joined hands and roped in megastar Amitabh Bachchan to raise awareness about COVID-19.

Bachchan on Friday took to Twitter and announced that he is collaborating with the government and UNICEF for the cause.

“Getting set to advocate the preventions necessary about CoVID 19,. this is for UNICEF, and the Health Ministry of GOI .. the message should be out soon .. Be safe .. be careful,” wrote Bachchan.

Along with the tweets, he also shared a couple of pictures of himself getting ready for recording message about the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, the legendary actor also released a poetic public service announcement in the light of the COVID-19.

Bachchan’s message comes at a time when more than 81 people in the country have been infected by the highly contagious virus.

Meanwhile, amid growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, top Bollywood celebrities including superstar Kareena Kapoor Khan are currently spreading awareness about the pandemic.

Kareena who recently joined Instagram used the medium on Friday to share a note about the rising information and misinformation around the novel coronavirus.

“In the wake of the rising misinformation around the novel coronavirus. There is so much of new information coming out every minute and it’s scary for everyone but we need to filter information from the right sources,” she wrote in her Instagram story.

“Don’t panic and more importantly don’t cause panic. Your actions affect those around you. Efforts are being made all over the world and we must all do our part, however small. Stay safe. Love you all,” Kareena added.

Actor Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor also took to Twitter and asked people to take up “social distancing” seriously amid the outbreak of the highly contagious virus. “Social distancing … do it, it will dramatically help … please listen things are getting very very serious, if we don’t things can really snowball rapidly,” tweeted Kapoor.

The ‘Mirzya’ actor also shared pictures from his workout session on Instagram and a picture of himself wearing a face mask and wrote, “Shits about to get weird.”

Arjun Rampal also penned a long post on his Instagram raising awareness about the pandemic.”What now? As the world locks down, since everyone realises that it finally takes a virus to jolt us to take precautions for our health. Which we must do, for safety of our loved ones, ourselves and others. Let us take this time out to reflect on what we have done to this planet,” Arjun wrote in the caption.

“How much we have consumed from nature. Let’s not just value human lives but also value other living creatures and Mother Nature. Imagine we are a virus to them when we create havoc in their lives. Hopefully there is a silver lining at the end of all this for everyone. Stay safe and responsible,” he added.

Other celebrities that have taken up the task to raise awareness and cut misinformation about the contagious virus are megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actor Priyanka Chopra. (ANI)

Lata Mangeshkar

With the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar on Tuesday took to Twitter to ask her fans and people from cinema fraternity to not panic and stay safe.

“Namaskaar, The Coronavirus pandemic is very real and disturbing. At the same time, we shouldn’t panic and spread rumours,” tweeted Mangeshkar.

She further urged people to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness. “We as responsible citizens need to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness, those with cough and cold should maintain a social distance to avoid further spread,” the 90-year-old singer tweeted. “Follow the guidelines given by health agencies. Stay safe and healthy! God bless,” the tweet further read.

Coronavirus, which originated in the Wuhan city of China, has so far spread to more than 100 countries infecting over 1,20,000 people.

Loss to film industry

The film industry is suffering a huge loss due to coronavirus pandemic as the major film bodies have announced to shut down the shooting of films, TV shows, and advertisements. The General Secretary of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) and the President of the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) have announced to shut down the production of films, advertisements, and daily soaps.

Talking to ANI, General Secretary of FWICE and president of IFTDA Ashoke Pandit said: “We represent about 25 lakh workers and technicians, who work in the film industry. They all are working on daily wages. In view of the coronavirus, we have decided to shut down the shooting of films, daily soaps, and advertisements.”

Talking about the loss to daily wage workers, he said: “There is a huge loss to workers. We will conduct a meeting to compensate for them.”

“We are setting up counters where we are providing basic necessities for the workers. Many producers and production houses are helping in this initiative. This is a global threat. We are working to cope up with the emergency health situation,” added Pandit. (ANI)