Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor has urged citizens to stay at home, after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown would be extended in the state.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with state chief ministers via video conferencing. Although an official announcement is awaited at the time of publishing this story, it is being speculated that after today’s meeting the lockdown will be extended across the nation by another couple of weeks.
Taking to Instagram on Saturday evening, Kareena wrote: “Now that the lockdown has been extended, the one thing we must do to help overcome this is STAY AT HOME. We need to be strong, now more than ever. We’ve come this far… let’s not stop! Together with @unicefindia and @unileverdiariesindia, I urge you to #BreakTheChain #WeCanAndWeWill #VirusKiKadiTodo #StayHomeStaySafe #CoronaVirusIndia.”
Her appeal came soon after the Maharashtra chief minister announced that lockdown in the state would continue till 30 April. So far, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Telangana are the three states that have officially declared extension of the lockdown.
On the professional front, Kareena Kapoor was last seen in Angrezi Medium, which released before the Coronavirus lockdown. The film will re-release in theatres once the COVID-19 threat gets subsided.
Angrezi Medium also starred Irrfan Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Radhika Madan. Kareena has a couple of films in the pipeline. She will be seen in Karan Johar’s Takht, in which she will co-star with Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Anil Kapoor. She also has Aamir Khan’s Lal Singh Chaddha in her kitty.
The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 242 and the number of cases in the country climbed to 7,529 on Saturday, an increase of 768 cases in 24 hours since Friday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 6,634, as many as 652 people have been cured and discharged, and one had migrated.