Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and others take up WHO’s Safe Hands Challenge

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Deepika Padukone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Anushka Sharma are among the movie stars across the globe who have taken the #SafeHandsChallenge. (Photos: Instagram/Screengrabs)

Deepika Padukone recently became the first Indian celebrity to accept World Health Organization's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' #SafeHandsChallenge. She was nominated along with Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, Indian star Priyanka Chopra and model-activist Christy Turlington in a bid to promote hygiene amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Ghebreyesus had last week tweeted "I now nominate: @deepikapadukone @priyankachopra @Schwarzenegger @CTurlington to take the #SafeHands challenge by sharing their video & calling on at least another 3 people to join us! Together, we can beat #COVID19!"

Wearing an N95 mask, Deepika Padukone displayed the hand-washing process one needs to follow to avert the COVID-19 infection.

She tweeted, "Thank You @DrTedros, for nominating me for the #SafeHands Challenge!#COVID19 surely is an uphill health and public safety task, but all of us are in this fight together!I further nominate @rogerfederer,@Cristiano and @imVkohli to take up this challenge! #coronavirus #StaySafe." Deepika has nominated tennis star Roger Federer, football player Christiano Ronaldo and captain of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli.

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So far, celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Vatsal Seth, Sachin Tendulkar, Maria Sharapova, Hima Das and PV Sindhu have participated in the #SafeHandsChallenge and posted videos of the same.


The WHO had recently declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. The global toll has crossed 7,500, with nearly 200,000 people infected. India has recorded 147 confirmed cases of coronavirus patients with three deaths.