BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi has warned the countrymen that COVID-19 should not be taken lightly. He has cautioned the people of the virus ahead of the festivals. In his seventh address to the nation since March, PM Modi said that the people have to continue to abide by the the COVID-19 protocols and keep wearing masks and wash hands at regular interval until the vaccine arrives.
PM also told said that the lockdown might be over but COVID-19 is still present amongst us. PM Modi said that India has been able to tackle coronavirus to a large extent. He asked the citizens not to be careless. The PM said that in the last few days, several videos have emerged where he has seen how people are seen least worried about the virus. “You are risking your family, your children and your elders by doing so,” said Modi. He praised the recovery rate of the country and said it is the among the highest in the world and the fatality rate is also low. “Out of every million, we have around 83 deaths. This, compared to other nations, which see around 600 deaths per million, is much better,” said the PM Modi.
He also said that it is for the first time in years, there is an effort on war footing to save the humanity. “Our scientists are also working hard on a vaccine,” said PM Modi. The Prime Minister also assured that the government is preparing a plan to make any vaccine available to all. “Dawai nahin to dhilai nahin (no laxity without cure),” he said. However, he warned till the vaccine arrives, nobody should be complacent.
“Till the time we get a vaccine, if we are even a little irresponsible, we can harm ourselves and all those around us. Wear masks, maintain do gaz ki doori (six-feet distance), wash hands regularly, use sanitisers and do not venture out unless absolutely necessary,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister assured that India is working on 2-3 vaccine candidates. “We are trying our best to get a vaccine, as is the rest of the world. I want to let you know that once we get a vaccine, everyone will get it in a planned, phased and fast manner,” he said.
PM concluded his speech by greeting the citizen for the festivals such as Dusshera, Navratri, Diwali, Eid, Chhat Puja, Guru Nanak Jayanti and others. However, PM Modi did not mentioned Durga Puja, despite the fact that he will address a virtual rally on Sasthi, the sixth day of Durga Puja. The event is being organised by BJP West Bengal unit.