- We cannot let our guard down: PM Modi
- Positivity rate of COVID-19 in the country is much lower: PM Modi
- As more people are out now, we must wear mask to stay safe, urges the PM
New Delhi: With an aim to remind the citizens to continue the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and not let their guard down during the festive season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Tuesday (October 20). This is his seventh address to the nation on COVID-19 pandemic since he announced a strict lockdown in March-end to check the spread of the coronavirus. In his address, the PM reiterated that people must not forget that while the lockdown is over, the coronavirus is still out there.
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Sharing a message with my fellow Indians. https://t.co/tNsiPuEUP3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 20, 2020
PM Modi appealed to the citizens to remain vigilant and observe all necessary preventive measures in order to avoid an increase in COVID-19 cases during the festive season. He said,
To give our lives some momentum, and to keep our homes running, we are slowly venturing out again. Festivals are also upon us, but we must not forget that while the lockdown may have ended, the virus hasn’t. It is still very much a threat.
Acknowledging the selflessness and dedication of the health workers, PM Modi urged people to be responsible and follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour so that the transmission of the infection can be controlled and some of the burdens on the healthcare system can be reduced. He asserted,
Our health workers are doing a phenomenal service to the nation by taking care of citizens across the nation. But we too must do our bit. Recent videos show that people are becoming very lax with the precautions we take. Videos show that people are being irresponsible and not taking the steps advised to a very large extent. This cannot happen. We must not think that things are normal again. You are putting yourselves, your families, children and elders in your home in grave danger by not taking the proper precautions.
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While talking about the situation of COVID-19 in the country, PM Modi said that the country has tackled the pandemic to a large extent. He said,
Our recovery rate is among the highest in the world, the fatality rate is low. Out of every million, we have around 83 deaths. This, compared to other nations like American and European countries which see around 600 deaths per million, is much better.
The Prime Minister further added that the countries that made some positive strides in tackling COVID-19 are facing a spurt in cases now due to the irresponsible and complacent behaviour towards the pandemic.
The PM has assured that the country is working on developing vaccines against COVID-19 and measures will be taken to provide coronavirus immunisation to all at the earliest.
In his address, PM asked the media personnel and people on social media to spread public awareness for following COVID-19 guidelines. He signed off by urging the citizens with folded hands to wear mask, follow social distancing and practise hand hygiene without a fail.
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