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‘Lockdown Has Gone, Coronavirus Hasn’t,’ Says PM Narendra Modi As He Reminds People To Follow Precautions In Festive Season

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged 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

‘Lockdown Has Gone, Coronavirus Hasn't,’ Says PM Narendra Modi As He Reminds People To Follow Precautions In Festive Season
Highlights
  • 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.

Also Read: Festivals Amid COVID-19 Outbreak: Experts Warn Against ‘Pandemic Fatigue’ To Avoid A Spurt In Cases During Festive Season

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.

Also Read: Half Of Indians May Have Had Coronavirus By February, Government Panel Estimates

‘Lockdown Has Gone, Coronavirus Hasn't,’ Says PM Narendra Modi As He Reminds People To Follow Precautions In Festive Season

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to follow precautions in order to avoid getting infected by COVID-19 during the festive season

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.

Also Read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Calls For Scaling Up Of COVID-19 Testing, Sero Surveys

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

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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