New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that he will not participate in any Holi event this year in the view of expert advice to reduce mass gatherings to avoid spreading of coronavirus or COVID-19. Also Read - Coronavirus: Can't Buy More Than Four Packs of Toilet Paper in Australia

The development comes in the wake of coronavirus spreading to different parts of India. Thus far, a total of confirmed cases of coronavirus cases have been reported from the country. Over 25,000 people have been put under community surveillance while 37 others with suspected COVID-19 symptoms are currently hospitalised. Also Read - Coronavirus: Do Indian Namaskar, Ditch Handshake, Says Goa BJP Leader

Today, PM Modi tweeted, “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.” Also Read - Coronavirus: CBSE Allows Students to Carry Masks, Sanitizers in Exam Halls For the Ongoing Class 10, 12 Boards | Highlights

The PM’s tweet comes a day after he chaired a high-level meet to review the country’s preparedness to tackle a possible COVID-19 outbreak. After the meet, he had also urged people ‘to not panic.’ Holi will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 10.

Yesterday, 40 students of a Noida school were sent to 28-day isolation after a parent of one of the students tested positive for coronavirus. In the national capital, the Delhi government informed that setting up of 25 isolation wards was underway.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed airlines to ‘take specific measures to combat coronavirus.