New Delhi: As number of confirmed COVID-19 or coronavirus cases in India rose to 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged people to stay away from rumours on the deadly epidemic which has claimed lives of more than 3400 people globally. Also Read - 2 Suspected Coronavirus Cases in J&K; Primary Schools, Biometric Attendance to Remain Suspended Till March 31

“I request people to not believe in hearsay and rumours on what to do and what not to do on coronavirus, whatever doubts you have please consult your doctor”, PM Modi said while interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadi Pariyojana. Also Read - Holi 2020: Should You Play Holi Amid Coronavirus Scare?

Furthermore, he advised people to avoid shaking hands and start greeting each other with ‘namaste’ once again. “Poori duniya namaste ki aadat daal rahi hai, agar kisi kaaran se humne ye aadat chhod di hai, toh haath milane ke bajaye is aadat ko phir se daalne ka ye uchit samay hai”, the Prime Minister stated.

Later in the day, PM Modi will call on Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and hold discussion over Coronavirus scare.

Meanwhile, the deadly novel coronavirus has now infected more than 100,000 people around the world, but in mainland China, the country of the virus’s origin, the number of new cases fell on Saturday to just 99, the first time since January 18 that fewer than 100 cases were recorded.

China’s National Health Commission said 74 of the new infections were reported in Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, reports the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper. This is the second day there were no further cases elsewhere in Hubei province where the outbreak began.

There were 28 new deaths – all in Hubei, with 21 in Wuhan – bringing the total number of fatalities on the mainland to 3,070, with a total of 80,651 infections.

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to make the fight against the coronavirus outbreak their ‘highest priority’.