Monty Panesar last played for England in 2013 during the Ashes Test in Melbourne against Australia. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The coronavirus has stalled all sporting events in the globe from football, cricket and tennis. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the postponment of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and has resulted in major sporting events in the United States to go into total lockdown. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in India which began on March 24 in order to combat the coronavirus, with over 700 active cases in the country. The United Kingdom is facing a far more serious threat, with close to 12,000 active cases and nearly 600 people dead. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that is continuing to wreck havoc, the call for social distancing and staying at home has become even louder.
Please stay at home my message to people in India, we can all fight this virus together stay home stay safe @NewsNationTV @narendramodi @BCCI @sachin_rt @SGanguly99 @msdhoni @imVkohli @virendersehwag @harbhajan_singh @YUVSTRONG12 @imjadeja @ashwinravi99 #COVID2019 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/Ln24JTSBwM— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) March 26, 2020
Recently, former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar took to his official Twitter handle and urged Indian citizens to follow the lockdown by staying at home. Speaking in Hindi, Panesar said, "As you know, coronavirus is a deadly pandemic. I urge my fellow Indian citizens to stay at home and follow social distancing."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the G20 leaders to come out with a concrete action plan to fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a statement, PM Modi stated that 90 per cent of the COVID-19 cases and 88 per cent of deaths were in G20 countries even as they share 80 per cent of world GDP and 60 per cent of the world population.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a total lockdown in India for 21 days to fight coronavirus. (Image credit: Getty Images)
The Prime Minister further urged world leaders to help usher in a new globalisation for the collective well-being of humankind and have multilateral fora focus on promoting the shared interests of humanity. "PM Modi underscored the need to put human beings at the centre of our vision of global prosperity and cooperation, freely and openly share the benefits of medical research and development, develop adaptive, responsive and humane health care systems, promote new crisis management protocols and procedures for an interconnected global village, strengthen and reform intergovernmental organisations like WHO and work together to reduce economic hardships resulting from COVID-19 particularly for the economically weak," the Ministry of External Affairs press statement said.
PM Modi also thanked the King of Saudi Arabia for convening extraordinary session of G20. Also, other G20 Leaders urged for a coordinated global response to fight the pandemic, adopting measures to safeguard the global economy, minimising trade disruption, and steps to enhance global cooperation.