New Delhi: A mask drama in Parliament, social-distancing tutorials and how to be sporty during a public health crisis — Twitter continues to be a gift that keeps on giving during this pandemic.
As the nation gears up in anticipation of Prime Minister Modi’s address tonight, Congress leader P. Chidambaram puts forth his wish list on what it ought to contain.
What will the PM announce at 8 pm today?
I will be disappointed if the PM did not announce a total lockdown, at least of all towns and cities, for a period of 2-4 weeks.
Anything less will be letting down this country.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 19, 2020
Talking of anticipation, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra can’t hide his anxiety about what’s going go to happen to the 16 December gang-rape convicts…
OMG ..it has started ..
कहीं फिर से रात 2 बजे Supreme Court तो नहीं खुलवाने वाले है ये लोग .. https://t.co/ZmZRmF6yUz
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) March 19, 2020
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s concern for Jammu and Kashmir amidst the coronavirus outbreak just got worse… Read to find out why.
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One person has tested positive for Coronavirus in Srinagar today. Let’s try not to panic & focus on social distancing plus ensuring cleanliness
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 18, 2020
Cooperation, transparency and accountability — Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik explains by example how the coronavirus pandemic can be navigated responsibly.
I have registered my sister’s details in the Government portal for persons coming from abroad. I appeal all of you to also register details about your family members and friends coming from abroad. This will help protect #Odisha from #CoronaVirus#Register4Covid19SafeOdisha
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 18, 2020
And the politics of coronavirus can never be far away: political commentator Tehseen Poonawalla praises first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s advance thinking and planning. Learn why.
The National Institute of Virology, Pune the only institute testing for the #coronavirus was built in 1952 by Nehru ji. Every hospital treating for #COVID ,each one was built by Congress. Not a single hospital fighting #coronavirusindia not a single was built by @narendramodi ji
— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) March 19, 2020
Maybe because he is trying to clean bowl the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, former MP chief minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan rolls his arm over…
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 18, 2020
Not everybody gets to be quarantined. This Twitter user is just happy not to be driven mad…
— brinda majithia (@BrindaMajithia) March 19, 2020
If the BJP rolls out elaborate awareness campaigns about COVID-19, can the Congress be far behind? Here’s national media panelist Aiyshwarya Mahadev unveiling the All India Mahila Congress’ efforts.
We at @MahilaCongress are trying to raise awareness about the Prevention of Virus Spread in as many Indian Languages as possible, starting with ನಮ್ಮ ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯ ಕನ್ನಡ! (no, no bias here😁)
— Aiyshwarya Mahadev | ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ ಮಂಚನಹಳ್ಳಿ ಮಹದೇವ (@AiyshwaryaM) March 19, 2020
Senior Congress leader P. Chidambram saves the day, and possibly lives, in Parliament! Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’ Brien gives us all the deets.
Some Trinamool MPs wear protective masks in RS
Chairman asks them to remove masks or leave house
Scene3 @PChidambaram_IN intervenes (See Vid)
Gracious Chairman rolls back earlier ruling
— Citizen Derek | নাগরিক ডেরেক (@derekobrienmp) March 18, 2020
Author Tavleen Singh just schooled this troll and proved she can’t be messed with.
Not sure how this is connected to my tweets about the Chinese virus. But, if you have children may you find it hard to meet them. This is my wish for all those who gloat about his unjust exile. https://t.co/66pMvx3KCw
— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) March 19, 2020
Working from home applies to everyone, says filmmaker Onir. Watch him lead by example.
Asked my house help to stay home and take care of her family … so I made Alu Paratha for Ma Baba for breakfast . Was not bad 😁 #DoingPositiveThingsintimesOfCoronaVirus. What are you doing ? Stay positive and happy and careful people ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/QxusVx70hC
— Onir (@IamOnir) March 19, 2020
The host of `The Tonight Show’, Jimmy Fallon asked people to describe their quarantine experience in six words. Read what the host was up to himself…
Fine, you can paint Daddy’s nails. #MyQuarantineInSixWords
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) March 19, 2020
Canadian journalist Chris Galius finds an unmissable blunder in Canada’s social distancing. Take note India, don’t make the same mistake.
— Chris Gailus (@chrisgailus) March 19, 2020
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Hussain is also having a problem with his spellings…
Humen are not programmed for Quarantine and our dependence on eachother is a precondition of Society and life,Isolation is only a very short term measure, salvation of human race depends on Science and Scientists how quickly they can respond to challenge #CoronavirusOutbreak
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 17, 2020
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