New Delhi: At a time when 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said that the Rashtrapati Bhavan will not hold the traditional Holi gatherings this year keeping the safety aspect in mind. Also Read - ‘Rahul Gandhi Must go For Coronavirus Test as he Has Returned From Italy,’ Says BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri

“With alertness and safeguards, we all can help contain the outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. In a precautionary measure, the Rashtrapati Bhavan will not hold the traditional Holi gatherings,” President Kovind said in a tweet. Also Read - 'Centre Creating Panic on Coronavirus to Divert Attention From Delhi Violence,' Alleges Mamata Banerjee



The development comes after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that 22 new cases of coronavirus cases have been reported in India taking the tally of persons infected with the deadly virus in the country to 28.



Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that he has decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Experts across the world have advised reducing mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme,” PM Modi said.

Expressing concern over the rising cases of coronavirus in the country, Home Minister Amit Shah said he will not participate in any Holi Milan celebration this year. He also urged all to avoid public gatherings.

“Holi is a very important festival for we Indians but in the wake of Coronavirus, I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan celebration this year. I also appeal everyone to avoid public gatherings and take good care of yourself & your family,” he said.

Prior to this, BJP president JP Nadda also stated that he will neither celebrate Holi nor organise Holi Milan.

“The world is battling COVID -19 Novel Corona Virus. The countries & medical fraternity are jointly making efforts to contain its spread. Keeping this in mind, this year, I will neither celebrate Holi nor organise Holi Milan.  Stay safe, Stay Healthy,” he added.

The development comes as new cases of coronavirus have been reported from Agra (6) and Jaipur (16). Meanwhile, two cases with high viral load have also been detected in Telangana. Out of 28 cases, 15 are Italian nationals.

“28 positive cases of the disease have been identified to date in the country. Out of these 28, three are from Kerala, one each from Delhi and Telangana, six from Agra, an Italian group which had come to India for travelling and their Indian driver,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.