16:03 GMT05 December 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The rising number of COVID 19 infections in India has propelled Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare a countrywide shut down for three weeks starting 24 March at midnight. The nation's Health Ministry has reported nine deaths due to the ongoing pandemic.

    With India at a standstill following the announcement of nationwide shutdown, many Bollywood celebrities are using the time to virtually visit with family and friends. Actor R Madhavan, however, is using the self isolation time differently, by growing a beard.

    A social media user shared a meme of Madhavan on Wednesday that shows him with a thick beard after 21 days in quarantine.

    Taking the meme sportingly, the actor took it as a challenge and wrote, “Ha ha ha .. Manzoor hai.. desh aur Maanav hith mein -Manzoor hai (I accept, for the welfare of the country and humanity. I accept)”.

    ​Hollywood star Jim Carrey posted a selfie in which he can be seen clean-shaven before taking on the challenge.

     “Day 1. I’m growing a beard until we all go back to work. I’ll post reg pics so you can marvel at the miracle of my meaningless transformation. Normally, I try to stay on the cutting edge of entertainment. Now I shall conquer the uncutting edge. Please join me. #letsgrowtogether,” he wrote.

    ​Carrey’s fans have joined the challenge.

    The government of India announced a lockdown in the country as a preventive measure to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly requesting that people stay indoors and maintain social distancing for at least 21 days.


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