Bollywood icon Akshay Kumar was one of several A-listers who took to social media to raise awareness of the coronavirus outbreak and the importance of staying safe and vigilant. Akshay Kumar, along with fellow colleagues Amitabh Bachcha, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and many others from the silver screen put together a special video as part of an initiative by the industry and Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
The video sends a powerful message on how one can understand the virus, what they need to do to help prevent it from spreading further and the importance of social distancing. All the celebrities involved are seen pleading with citizens to take all the correct and necessary precautions to protect themselves during this time.
In an act to demonstrate solidarity towards healthcare professionals working tirelessly and selflessly to keep citizens safe, protected and alive during these uncertain times, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi called on his country to ‘Clap for our carers’, a hashtag that is currently trending on Twitter and capturing the true spirit of India, at 5pm IST on Sunday 22nd March. Akshay Kumar took to social media along with his neighbours, which included Hrithik Roshan, to clap and thank those who are fighting on the frontline in this war against coronavirus. He took part in a 5 minutes applause thanking the service providers currently working through the #JanataCurfew, showing his appreciation of their dedication to helping India during the outbreak.
The novel virus, which originated from China in December last year, has spread across the globe and claimed over 10,000 lives. Celebrities and politicians have been urging people across social media to maintain proper levels of hygiene and avoid mass gatherings.