Singer Arijit Singh took to social media to urge his followers to wear masks, practice social distancing and stay safe as the second wave of COVID-19 rages on. In a heart-warming post in both English and Hindi, Arijit said: “I have been praying continuously with one focus in mind. We should win this battle. No more people should pass away like this. I am appealing to my beloved people to join me mentally through this prayer.”
He wrote: “Let our consciousness become a collective one and let us be strengthened. May every life survive this.”
Arijit also requested his followers to not step outside unless absolutely necessary and to wear a mask when stepping out. “We can not stop a humongous amount of people from going out and celebrate their own selfishness but we can choose to be caring for ourselves and other people around us," he added.
With a record single-day rise of 3,32,730 new coronavirus infections, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,62,63,695, while active cases crossed the 24-lakh mark, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll increased to 1,86,920 with a record 2,263 new fatalities, the data updated at 8am showed.