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Mahesh Babu contributes Rs 1 crore to AP and Telangana government to fight coronavirus outbreak

India Today logo India Today 26-03-2020 India Today Web Desk

It's Day 2 of the 21-day lockdown and people are staying indoors practising social-distancing to curtail the spread of novel coronavirus. Many celebrities including Kamal Haasan, Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan and others, have contributed money to Film industry and government organisations to help people in need.

Mahesh Babu looking at the camera Mahesh Babu

Following Pawan Kalyan's footsteps, Mahesh Babu has announced Rs 1 crore to the Chief Minister's relief fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

His tweet read, "Let's battle the COVID-19 as a nation! I urge everyone to follow the rules put forth by our Government. My deepest gratitude for all your efforts @PMOIndia @TelanganaCMO @KTRTRS @AndhraPradeshCM @ysjagan Humanity will rise and we will win this war! #StayHomeStaySafe (sic)."

Here's the tweet:

Along with his tweet, he also released a statement in which he has requested people to come forward and donate their money to the needy people and the government. He also advised people to follow the rules of the lockdown and stay indoors.

In pics: Celebrities who've donated to those affected by COVID-19 (Slideshow by StarsInsider)


His statement read, "As a responsible citizen, I urge everyone to abide by the rules and support the lockdown. In these tough times, we have to stand by each other and protect our own. Humanity will rise and we will win this war. Until then, #StayHomeStaySafe."

He was last seen in director Anil Ravipudi's Sarileru Neekevvaru, which received a mixed response from the audience.

On the work front, Mahesh Babu is in talks with director Parasuram for his next flick. It is rumoured that the makers are in talks with actress Keerthy Suresh to play the female lead.

Follow the government's latest travel advice if you are planning a trip outside India or travelling back to India from affected areas. You can also read World Health Organization's advice on basic protective measures against the virus. WHO has also busted some myths surrounding coronavirus. The Ministry of Health's special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046 and ncov2019@gmail.com.


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