Mumbai: Former India captain and Board of Control of Cricket in India President Sourav Ganguly on Friday appealed for people to stay indoors and maintain social distancing as India grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Stay indoors and maintain immunity. Remember social distancing is the new unity and most importantly, fighting coronavirus is our national duty,” Ganguly said.
“These are difficult times all around the world, in India and in various states of our country and it’s important that we stand up. Yes the Prime Minister, the Chief Ministers and the health department is trying and the police have done a good job.
“But it’s on us. It’s on us to maintain isolation, respect their orders and stay safe and healthy. Remember if we are together and responsible, we can fight this. It’s a very dangerous virus, something the world has never seen and something we might never see again. These are exceptional circumstances so be responsible, be healthy and most importantly, stay indoors,” Ganguly said.
Earlier, Ganguly had announced that the BCCI contributed Rs 51 crore to the PM-CARES fund that has been setup to fight against coronavirus. Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday donated 2000 kilograms of rice at the Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramkrishna Mission, for the needy.
Sourav Ganguly took to his official Twitter handle and posted images from his Belur Math visit with the caption “Visited Belur Math after 25 years, handed over 2000kgs of rice for the needy.”
He was also among the sports personalities that Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with on Friday morning after he made his address to the nation.
India is under a 21-day country-wide lockdown as the government is taking up various measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 that has led to a global health scare.
The total number of COVID-19 Cases in India crossed the 3000-mark after a massive surge in the number of cases on Friday. 62 deaths have been reported so far. Maharashtra has been the worst affected state by COVID-19 virus with the tally touching almost 500.