Coronavirus: Delhi-NCR RWAs Cancel Holi Milan Programme

By Rama Mishra

In the wake of Coronavirus scare in Delhi-NCR, the apex body of Resident Welfare Associations in the national capital has issued an advisory to all RWAs asking them not to hold “public engagements” or “Holi milan” programmes.

Atul Goyal, president of URJA – United Residents Joint Action, said in all probability, the RWAs will not be having any Holi celebrations.

“Since Holi is around, most of the RWAs will not be celebrating Holi. We have issued an advisory to all RWAs not to have public engagements and avoid use of water in view of the coronavirus scare,” he said.

The management of Gaur Sportswood in Sector 79, Noida has cancelled all skating classes and other recreational activities for children till Holi in wake of the scare, said Shahana Datta, a resident of the society.

“Holi celebrations were also planned but now the management is taking a poll from the residents whether the celebrations should be held or not. They have circulated forms to this effect,” she said.

Palm Olympia housing society in Noida Extension has issued a circular detailing the dos and don’ts issued by World Health Organisation in the wake of the coronavirus scare and urged its residents to “stay safe and healthy”.

Meanwhile, the advisory issued by URJA said, “Considering the coronavirus outbreak, you are advised to cancel upcoming Holi Samaroh to be held on March 10 in particular playing with water and touching of nose, eyes and lips and shaking hands.”

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said 28 positive cases of coronavirus have been detected so far in the country and announced that all international flights and passengers will now have to undergo screening, and not just the 12 countries listed earlier.

As the dreaded coronavirus appeared to spread in India, top Chinese doctors treating patients in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, on Wednesday advised their Indian counterparts to prepare plans, train medical staff and educate the public about wearing masks and washing of hands to contain the disease. Four top medical specialists, who were selected to treat coronavirus cases in Hubei province and its capital Wuhan in the last two months, interacted with the foreign and domestic media for the first time through an online press conference from the virus-hit Wuhan city on Wednesday. While the coronavirus infections showed signs of receding in China with 38 new fatalities on Tuesday, taking the total number of deaths to 2,981. But countries around world grappled to contain the fast-spreading deadly virus that has claimed over 3,100 lives globally.

By the end of Tuesday, there were 80,270 confirmed cases of the virus in China, the National Health Commission (NHC) here reported on Wednesday. A total of 28 COVID-19 cases were detected in India so far. Among them, one person was from Delhi, six of his relatives in Agra, 16 Italians and their Indian driver, one in Telangana and the three earlier cases in Kerala.

“China and India are the most important countries in Asia. We have some similarities like large population” with united families and similar medical system,” Qiao Jie, President of the Peking University Third Hospital who was drafted for controlling coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, said when asked what advise the Chinese experts would give to their Indian counterparts.

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