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#SafeHands Challenge: Amid COVID-19, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, And Sachin Tendulkar Give Hand Washing Lesson

To promote clean hands and instill the habit of washing hands with soap or alcohol-based rub, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had launched the ‘Safe Hands Challenge’ on March 13

#SafeHands Challenge: Amid COVID-19, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, And Sachin Tendulkar Give Hand Washing Lesson

New Delhi: On Tuesday (March 17), Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone joined the hygiene bandwagon and followed the latest social media trend – Safe Hands Challenge initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the wake of the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19). The challenge involves washing hands with soap or using alcohol based sanitiser and posting a video of the same while nominating three more people to join in. Taking up the challenge, Deepika Padukone who was nominated by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, shared a quick video of her.

In the video, Deepika can be seen washing her hands thoroughly with soap, as suggested by experts, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Interestingly, she was also wearing a mask inside her house.

Sharing the video, aimed at creating awareness about hand hygiene, Deepika thanked Dr Tedros and wrote,

#COVID19 surely is an uphill health and public safety task, but all of us are in this fight together!

She further nominated three sports stars – Virat Kohli, Roger Federer, and Cristiano Ronaldo – to take the challenge.

Also Read: Coronavirus Outbreak: Government Issues Guidelines For Proper Mask Use To Combat COVID-19

Watch Deepika Taking Up #SafeHands Challenge

https://twitter.com/deepikapadukone/status/1239914621676466177

Actor Anushka Sharma followed the suit and documented the challenge on her Instagram stories. Anushka started the challenge by addressing her viewers and talking about the current pandemic. She said,

One of the key factors in containing the spread of the virus is if we maintain good hygiene and the primary thing is to wash our hands properly.

She further asked her viewers to take out a minute and watch the WHO recommended way of washing hands and follow the routine to ensure one’s own safety and the one around us.

The actor also emphasised on saving water and asked to not let the tap running while cleaning hands.

Also Read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Coronavirus: “Avoid Gatherings, Wash Your Hands Regularly And Help Prevent The Spread Of Virus”

To promote the importance of washing hands, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar too followed the trend. In a video shared by the master blaster, he is seen following the right technique of washing hands to evade germs – using soap for at least 20 seconds, rubbing both the palms and fingers well.

Sachin was nominated by athlete Hima Das who took the challenge on Tuesday and stressed on washing hands regularly, wherever you are.

Also Read: Coronavirus 2019: World Health Organization Introduces #SafeHands Challenge To Promote Hand Hygiene And Prevent COVID-19

About #SafeHands Challenge

To promote clean hands and instill the habit of washing hands with soap or alcohol-based rub, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had launched the ‘Safe Hands Challenge’ on March 13. In a two minute long video shared by WHO on Twitter, Dr Tedros gives a lesson on how to have clean and safe hands. Dr Tedros taught the right technique to wash hands in 11 steps and asked the world to take the WHO Safe Hands Challenge and show where and how you wash your hands.

According to the experts, washing hands with soap is one of the basic steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus that has already infected over 100 countries. The create awareness about hand hygiene, WHO has started the challenge which has now been taken up by people from all walks of life.

Also Read: How To Fight Coronavirus: Doctor Answers Queries About COVID-19

In the last few days, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, international football players, artists, and ministers have joined the challenge. In India, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, athlete Hima Das, and badminton player P. V. Sindhu have also participated in the challenge, among others.

Also Read: Here’s What The Government Means When It Asks You To Practice Social Distancing As A Precaution Against COVID-19

Coronavirus In India

The total number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in India has climbed up to 147 (as of March 18) including 25 foreign nationals. Apart from this, 14 patients have recovered and have been discharged whereas three deaths – one each in Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra have been recorded. The government has decided to involve private laboratories to increase the testing of coronavirus.

To contain the spread, morbidity and mortality due to coronavirus, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has proposed numerous interventions including the closure of all educational establishments, gyms, museums, cultural and social centers, swimming pools and theatres.

Also Read: Masks, Gloves Don’t Stop Coronavirus Spread, Say Experts

The ministry has also asked private sector organisations and employers to allow their employees to work from home wherever feasible. The advisory further suggested conducting meetings, as far as feasible, through video conferences; minimize or reschedule meetings involving a large number of people unless necessary.

Along with this, restaurants have been asked to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces. “Ensure physical distancing (minimum 1metre) between tables; encourage open-air seating where practical with adequate distancing”, read the advisory.

Preventive measures listed in the advisory issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be in force till March 31, 2020, and will be reviewed as per the evolving situation.

Also Read: Coronavirus Has A Natural Origin, Says Study

World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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