New Delhi: Amid the coronavirus threat looming large, veteran Bollywood actress and BLP lawmaker Hema Malini on Friday said the coronavirus outbreak must not be taken lightly and cautioned people against travelling abroad. Also Read - SAARC Nations Should Come Together to Fight Coronavirus, Tweets PM Modi

The 71-year-old actress also expressed her reservations against taking the pandemic lightly, as she has observed that a lot of people share jokes about the disease on WhatsApp. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Targets Govt Over Coronavirus, Says 'Economy Will Be Destroyed If No Action Taken'

“Everybody should be careful and secure themselves and not travel overseas. It is good that visas have been cancelled,” she appealed to the public. Also Read - IPL 2020 Coronavirus: No IPL Matches To be Held in Delhi, Says Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

“I have seen people joking about it on WhatsApp, like ‘Corona, Marona’, it should not be taken lightly,” she noted.

When asked about how her schedule has been affected, she said, “I have cancelled all my plans for shows and award functions that were to be held in places like London and Mumbai.”

A 76-year-old man, who had returned to India from Saudi Arabia on February 29, became India’s first casualty due to the deadly virus. He had died on Tuesday night but it was only on Thursday that his death was confirmed to have taken place due to coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Coronavirus, which originated in the Wuhan city of China, has so far spread to more than 100 countries infecting over 1,20,000 people.