New Delhi, Mar 20 : The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Friday announced that it would shut down of its office from March 23 as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. "In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and the advisories issued by the Sports Ministry and Government of India guidelines for safety measures, BAI has decided to shut down their office from March 23," it said in a statement.
Ajay K Singhania, the general secretary of BAI said that the decision would be reviewed after March 31. All staff members have been instructed to work from home and only in cases of absolute emergency, they may go to office.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also appealed to citizens to follow 'Janta curfew' on Sunday from 0700 to 2100 hrs, saying no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of house. The number of global deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic has crossed 10,000.
The most deaths have been reported from Italy, where more than 3,400 people have died, followed by China with 3,132 fatalities. At least 2,44,500 people are infected by the virus. In India, the number of cases crossed to 200 on Friday, including the five who have died. (UNI)