New Delhi: Spreading positivity and hope amid the grim coronavirus situation in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the whole nation through his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ and said that positive approach is the key to combat the second wave of the virus which has “shaken” the country.
In his radio address, PM Modi also spoke to several health experts, lab technicians and frontline workers about their experience with the pandemic over the last one year.
Here are the highlights from his address:
-Covid is testing our patience and capacity to bear pain. Many of our loved ones left us untimely.
-After successfully tackling the first wave, the nation’s morale was high. However, this storm (2nd wave) has shaken the nation.
-To win over Covid, we have to give priority to expert and scientific advice. The Centre is working with all its power to help states.
-I urge people not to fall prey to any rumours about vaccine. You all must be aware that government has sent free vaccine to all states.
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-All people above the age of 45 can benefit from this. From May 1, vaccines will be available for everyone above 18 years.
-The corporate sector can also participate in the vaccine drive by getting their employees vaccinated. I request states to ensure benefits of this free vaccination programme reaches as many people as possible.
-Positive approach is the key in this fight against the pandemic.
-Defeating Covid is our only priority right now.
-I urge all citizens to get vaccinated and take every precaution possible.
As of Sunday tally, India has reported 3,49,691 COVID-19 cases and 2,767 deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the highest single-day rise in the number of daily cases as well as daily deaths since the pandemic began. With this, the total number of cases has reached 1,69,60,172, while the death toll has surged to 1,92,311. There are 26,82,751 active cases in India.