NEW DELHI: With the onset of festive season
, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
, in his address to the nation on Tuesday, cautioned the people against being careless about Covid-19
In his first address to the nation after the gradual lifting up of lockdown
since June 8, PM Modi
’s main focus was on spreading awareness about the need to take precautions and not to lower the guard in the nation’s fight against the deadly virus during the ongoing festive season.
This was Modi’s seventh address to the nation in seven months since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease pandemic in March. It was replete with cautions and precautions the people should take during the festive season and after the lifting up of lockdown.
PM Modi also greeted the people for the ongoing Navratri
period and the forthcoming festivals such as Dussehra, Eid, Deepawali, Chhath Puja and Guru Nanak Jayanti.
He said the nation has come a long way since Janta Curfew was imposed on March 22. However, he said, “We should not forget that lockdown has gone but the virus has not been eliminated.”
The prime minister said India was in a better position than the other countries of the world and exhorted the people not to the situation deteriorate.
He said while the recovery rate was high, the fatality rate was low. The Covid-19 situation in the country was far better than the developed nations such as the US, Brazil and the European countries such as France and Germany.
“In comparison to the developed countries of the world, India has been successful in its fight against the pandemic,” he said.
PM Modi recounted that there were more than 90 lakh beds, 12,000 quarantine centres, 2,000 laboratories to test the coronavirus disease and the number of tests would shortly cross the 10-crore mark.
He said the large population proved to be a boon as the efforts of the people lent a great strength in providing selfless service by the doctors, nurses, health workers and others.
PM Modi turned to cautioning again by asking people not to be careless. “Do not think that coronavirus has gone or there was no risk. And then start taking lesser precautions. If you are careless, then you are not just putting yourself to risk but also your family, children and the elderly in your family,” he said.
The prime minister said the number of coronavirus patients in the US and Europe had started declining but they have started rising again.
“Till the vaccine is developed, we do not have to weaken our fight against coronavirus,” he said and informed that vaccine preparation was in an advanced stage.
He said the government was making plans about the manner in which the vaccine would be made available to everyone. “No carelessness till then,” he added.
PM Modi said mistakes and sins should not be taken lightly. “Jab tak dawaai nahin, tab tak dhilaai nahin (till there is no vaccine, there should not be any relaxations),” he said.
He said the festive season should be spent in cheer and even a little bit opf carelessness would dampen the spirits. “Therefore, maintaining social distance, frequent washing of hands and wearing masks are a must. I wish to see you all safe,” he said.
Narendra Modi had made his first speech on Covid-19 on March 19 in which he announced the observation of Janta Curfew on March 22 by beating of utensils, blowing of conches and clapping to commend the Corona Warriors.
He delivered his second address to the nation on March 24 in which he announced nationwide complete lockdown from March 25 for 21 days till April 14.
His third address to the address was made on April 3. In a video message, PM Modi asked the people to switch off lights at home and light a diya, a candle or mobile flashlight for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 as a mark of every Indian’s fight against Covid-19.
In his fourth address on April 14, he asked the people running businesses to be sensitive to the needs of their workers. He asked them not to retrench the workers and pay full salary to them.
In his fifth address on May 12, the prime minister announced a consolidated economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore to help make the nation self-reliant. He gave the mantras of “aatm-nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India)” and “Vocal for local”.
PM Modi delivered his sixth address to the nation on May 28 in which he announced the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for giving free ration to 80 crore people till the end of November. He also announced relief measures for the migrant labourers.