Kohima, October 21 (NEx): The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in his special address to the nation on Tuesday, October 20, appealed to all the citizens not to let their guard down and become complacent, in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic. He said that though the lockdown have been lifted it does not mean that the Corona Virus is wiped out.
Appreciating the improvement in the situation all over the country, he said that economic activity is returning to normal and markets also started returning to normalcy with the advent of the festivities. He added that the country is in a better situation due to the efforts of every citizen in the last 7-8 months and one should not let it deteriorate.
The Prime Minister noted that the recovery rate in the country has improved and the fatality rate is low. He also stated that for every 10 Lakh Citizens about 5500 were infected with corona, while in countries like the US and Brazil the figure is nearly 25000. He added that the death rate in India is 83 for every 10 Lakh Citizens , whereas in developed countries like the US, Brazil, Spain, Britain and many other countries it is about 600.
The Prime Minister appreciated that in comparison to many developed nations, India is getting successful in protecting many lives of its citizens in the country.
Mentioning the improvement of the Covid Infrastructure in the country, he said more than 90 Lakh beds are available for corona patients along with 12000 Quarantine centres across the country, and over 2000 Corona Testing labs are functional all over the country, while the number of tests will soon cross 10 Crore.
He said India is succeeding in saving the lives of more and more of its citizens in comparison to the resource-rich countries and that the increasing number of tests has been a great strength in the country’s fight against the Covid pandemic.
The Prime Minister lauded the efforts of the doctors, nurses and health care workers who are selflessly serving such a large population, following the mantra “Seva Parmo Dharma.” He warned the people not to be callous amidst all these efforts and not to assume that the virus is gone, or that there is no danger from corona now.
Cautioning the people who have stopped taking precautions of late, he said “If you are negligent and go out without a mask, you are exposing yourself, your family, your children, the elderly to the same amount of risk.”
Referring to the ongoing situation in the US and Europe where the number of cases of Corona initially decreased but then suddenly started increasing, he urged the people not to be negligent until a vaccine against the pandemic is found.
The Prime Minister said efforts are on war footing to save humanity and many countries including the country’s scientists are working on the production of vaccine. He added that the work is going on for various vaccines against corona and that some of these are in an advanced stage. He said that the Government is also preparing a detailed road map to reach the vaccine to every single citizen as soon as it is readily available. He urged the people to not lax until the vaccine is ready.
“We are going through a difficult time and a little carelessness can lead to a great crisis and tarnish our happiness” -unquote.
Further, the Prime Minister urged the citizens to be vigilant while fulfilling their responsibilities and appealed everyone to maintain the 6 feet distance (Do Gaj ki Doori), to wash their hands with soap periodically and to wear face masks.