New Delhi: Targeting the Modi government over its handling of the economy and coronavirus, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged the government is in a ‘stupor’ and said the Indian economy will be destroyed if no action is taken to deal with it.

“I will keep repeating this. The coronavirus is a huge problem. Ignoring the problem is a non-solution. The Indian economy will be destroyed if strong action is not taken. The government is in a stupor,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted. Also Read - Fight Between Two Ideologies: Rahul Gandhi Says 'Jyotiraditya Scindia Won't Get Respect in BJP'

The Congress Wayanad MP, who has been targeting the Centre over an economic slowdown and not paying proper heed to coronavirus outbreak, on Thursday said ‘timely action is critical as COVID 19 is a serious threat to people and economy’. Also Read - 'Only Person in Congress Who Could Walk Into my House Anytime,' Says Rahul Gandhi on Jyotiraditya Scindia

“The Coronavirus is an extremely serious threat to our people and our economy. My sense is the government is not taking this threat seriously. Timely action is critical,” he wrote on Twitter.

Gandhi also claimed that government is looking unprepared to tackle coronavirus.”There is no preparation with respect to coronavirus. The Indian government is sleeping. They do not realise that coronavirus is spreading in this country. And it is going to have devastating consequences. Our Prime Minister is sleeping,” he had said.

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.

(With Agency inputs)