If aliens were hovering above India on Sunday evening, they must have been confused by the sudden cacophony of plates, conch shells and claps. Just as the clock struck 5, Indians came out of their homes to cheer for medical workers and essential service providers, who are in the frontline of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas was not physically present in India for the 14-hour 'Janata Curfew', it did not stop her from cheering on in support of the first responders battling coronavirus. All the way from Los Angeles, Chopra clapped in unison with Indians back home.
She posted a video of herself from her balcony and wrote: “People around the world have shown their appreciation for the doctors, nurses and all the first responders battling Covid-19 by clapping on their balconies. Although I could not be India to join, I am there in spirit.”
Priyanka is currently in self-isolation in the US with husband Nick Jonas. On Saturday, the couple marked 10 days of self-quarantine with video and pictures on Instagram. In his video, Nick said, “Hi everyone, I know it’s an unsure time for all of us. Hope you’re doing okay. Sending you positive vibes.” Priyanka later added, “Let’s just take care of each other. I hope every is safe out there. Lots of love.”
The coronavirus pandemic, which started in the Chinese city of Wuhan has so far infected over 3,40,000 people worldwide, including over 400 in India.
While the number of cases is visibly decreasing in China, the situation is getting worse in other countries. Government and health officials are urging people to stay at home to flatten the curve of the novel virus.