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Independence Day 2021: Indians Have Fought The Battle Against COVID With A Lot Of Patience, Says PM Modi

In his Independence Day 2021 speech, PM Modi talked about India’s fight against COVID-19 and appreciated healthcare and frontline workers and citizens for their devotion and patience

Independence Day 2021: Indians Have Fought The Battle Against COVID With A Lot Of Patience, Says PM Modi
Highlights
  • Despite challenges, we worked with extraordinary pace in every area: PM
  • India doesn't need to depend on any other nation for COVID vaccines: PM
  • The provision of free ration has surprised the world, says PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (August 15) addressed the nation from the Red Fort in New Delhi on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day. India is marking the occasion as “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” under which a series of events have been organised across the country. For the second consecutive year the historic day is being celebrated under the shadow of the Novel coronavirus. SARS-CoV-2 was first reported in China’s Wuhan in December, 2019 and was declared as a pandemic in March, 2020. In his Independence Day 2021 speech, PM Modi talked about India’s fight against COVID-19 and lauded the frontline workers and every Indian for their patience.

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Top highlights from PM Modi’s Independence Day 2021 speech:

  1. Lauding every individual involved in some or the other way in the fight against COVID-19, PM Modi said, “During COVID-19 pandemic, our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitation workers, scientists engaged in developing vaccines and crores of citizens who were working with a sense of service – all those who devoted every moment to serve others in this period, deserve our appreciation.”
  2. Calling COVID-19, a challenge for the world, PM Modi made note of the perseverance of every India and said, “Indians have fought this battle (COVID) with a lot of patience.”
  3. “We had many challenges but we worked with extraordinary pace in every area. It’s a result of strength of our industrialists and scientists, that today India doesn’t need to depend on any other nation for vaccines.”
  4. PM Modi has always praised Indian scientists for manufacturing indigenous vaccines against COVID-19. Talking about the same, PM asked, “Imagine what would have happened if India did not have its own vaccine. It took us years to get a vaccine against Polio. In such a big crisis, when there is a global pandemic, we don’t know when and how we would have got the vaccines.”
  5. Hailing India’s vaccination drive, PM said, “Today, we can proudly say that the largest COVID-19 vaccination program is being run in India. More than 54 crore people have received vaccine doses so far.”
  6. The prime minister highlighted the creation of Co-WIN, a one-stop digital platform for the COVID-19 vaccination delivery management in the country. PM Modi said, Co-WIN and the process of digital vaccine certificate are attracting the attention of the world.
  7. PM Modi also highlighted that India provided free ration to 80 crore people for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The provision of free ration has surprised the world and is being talked about, he said.
  8. Bringing back the focus on COVID and the fact that the fight is not over yet, PM Modi said, “It’s right that in comparison to other countries, less people were infected in India. This is also true that we saved maximum lives but this is not a topic to pat our backs or be satisfied. To say there were no challenges will be a hurdle in the future.”
  9. “Despite all the efforts, we have not been able to save many people. Many children lost their parents”, said PM.

Also Read: COVID Challenge Remains As Long As Infection Exists Even At Minor Scale: PM Modi

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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