New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the number of confirmed cases of the deadly COVID-19 reached 73, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged people not to panic and said that no minister of the central government will travel abroad in order to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

In another tweet, PM Modi said the government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 novel while adding that steps have been proactively taken to ensure safety of all.

"The government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 novel coronavirus . Across ministries and 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," PM Modi said.

"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," the Prime Minister said in another tweet.

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In wake of the novel coronavirus, India has virtually quarantined itself from the world by imposing curbs all visas till April 15. The government also "strongly advised" Indians to avoid all non-essential travel abroad.

The decision on suspension of visas was taken at a meeting of a group of ministers held here under the chairmanship of Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus patients in the country has risen to 73 with 13 fresh cases, including nine from Maharahtra and one each from Delhi, Ladakh and Uttar Pradesh as well as one foreign national.

The government has also set up 52 centres across the country for the testing of those suspected to be infected from the deadly COVID-19 virus.   

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma