Coronavirus: PM Modi Says Govt ‘Fully Vigilant’ About Pandemic

PM Modi urged people to avoid non-essential travel.

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PM Modi on Thursday, 12 March, tweeted about the Coronavirus pandemic, asking people not to panic and to exercise precaution. He said the government is ‘fully vigilant about the situation’ and that no minister of the central government will travel abroad in coming days. Further, he urged people to avoid non-essential travel.

Modi's tweets came as the total cases in India touched 73.

Coronavirus Discussed in Parliament, Opposition Questions Government’s Preparedness

On Thursday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar updated Lok Sabha on the status of the 6,000 Indians stranded in Iran due to coronavirus. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also addressed the Lok Sabha regarding testing facilities in the nation.

Meanwhile, Opposition parties questioned the government's response to the pandemic. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala raised the issue as well, linking it to the economic situation of the country.

"We are ill-equipped to deal with coronavirus," he added, questioning the government on their preparedness.

The Congress also tweeted information about the ways in which the economy is being affected by the outbreak.

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