COVID-19: Harmeet Desai urges people to follow Prime Minister Modi's call to light candles on April 5

NEW DELHI: Indian table tennis player Harmeet Desai on Friday he urged people to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to compatriots to light diyas and candles on April 5 at 9 p.m. to combat the darkness spread by the pandemic.

At this difficult time when we are fighting the pandemic of coronavirus our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a beautiful message that we should stand united as a team to fight coronavirus, Desai told ANI.

Let's all unite by turning off the lights in our respective house at 9 pm on April 5 for nine minutes and also lighting the diyas, candles and flashlights on our phones or torches to spread solidarity and positivity, he added.

Desai's comments came shortly after attending a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the COVID-19 blockade, via video conference.

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The meeting was attended by more than 40 athletes from the country, including Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mary Kom on the ongoing situation in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time that the Prime Minister has interacted with sports personalities since the 21-day blockade was imposed on March 24 to stem the spread of the virus.

Other prominent personalities present at the meeting were PT Usha , Gopichand , Vishwanathan Anand, Hima Das, Bajrang Punia, PV Sindhu, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Cheteshwar Pujara.