Amid the ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe, India, too, has stepped up its pace to contain the deadly virus in the country. While a total of 4,22,966 positive cases and 18,906 deaths have been recorded in over 165 nations, India too has witnessed a steep rise in the coronavirus graph with as many as 562 confirmed cases and 10 fatalities so far.
Given the situation at hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all citizens to observe 'Janta Curfew' on March 22. Also, with the COVID-19 tightening the noose on India, PM Modi, on March 24, announced a much-needed nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days. The Indian government's move means that people are restricted to their respective residences with a lot of idle time at hand.March 24, 2020
While the move, a need of the hour, left many worried and scared, it gave an opportunity to many to make the most of it. We've seen a lot of sportspersons using all this idle time to post videos of themselves taking on 'Toilet-Paper Challenge' and 'Stay At Home Challenge' to enthral fans. But, Shikhar Dhawan seems to have taken it a notch further.
During this lockdown a lot of animals/birds who were dependent on us for their daily food are now going to go hungry. Humble request to you to put out food/water bowls outside your homes. From the safety of our homes, save some souls.#compassionintimesofcorona @pfaindia pic.twitter.com/cE5NO5jqmfâ Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) March 24, 2020
The Indian opening batsman, akin to other sports stars, has been pretty active on social media since the self-isolation protocols were implemented in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. From sharing informative videos to asking people to put out food for animals and birds, Dhawan has been as consistent off the field as he has been on it.
But, leaving all seriousness aside, Dhawan has now come up with a hilarious video where he seems to have hilariously highlighted the plight of husbands in these times of self-isolation. The video shows the Indian opener washing clothes and cleaning the toilet under the directives of his wife Aesha who is seen putting on the make-up and chatting on the phone. "Life after one week at home. Reality hits hard," Dhawan tweeted.
The hilarious video has garnered all sorts of responses on social media. Australian opening batsman David Warner, too, took note of Dhawan's funny Twitter video and responded, "I hear you".
On the other hand, the United Nations has expressed solidarity with India in its fight against coronavirus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to India, Henk Bekedam, praised PM Modi's 21-day nationwide lockdown as a "comprehensive and robust" response to the raging COVID-19 epidemic.
Starting midnight today, the entire country will go under a complete lockdown for 21 days. This is an essential step in this decisive battle against the #coronavirus pandemic: @PMOIndia @narendramodi during his address to the nation on battling #COVID19.#IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/7zkItg3X9tâ United Nations India (@UNinIndia) March 24, 2020
"Massive efforts have been made towards prevention and containing the spread, including strengthening surveillance, laboratory capacity, contact tracing and isolation and risk communications. It is vital that we come together in solidarity and help in breaking the chain of transmission and flattening the curve," Bekedam said.