Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the world to use yoga to battle the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of 460,299 people and infected more than 8.5 million, Reuters news agency reported.
“If our immunity is strong then it helps in fighting against the disease. There are many yoga practices that boost our immunity,” Modi said during a televised address on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.
Modi appealed people to perform ‘Pranayam’, a breathing exercise, to strengthen their respiratory system. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that in severe cases causes shortness of breath and lung failure.
India saw an increase of 14,516 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the health ministry said, taking the total to 395,047 with 12,948 deaths.