- India was under a complete nation-wide lockdown till April 14
- PM Narendra Modi on April 14 extended the lockdown further
- Now, India's lockdown will end on May 3
New Delhi: In these ‘not-so-normal’ times, on one hand, there are people confined to their homes and family members. On the other side, there are frontline soldiers who are risking their lives to fight the COVID-19 and continue to work against all odds during the lockdown. Here’s a story of one such frontline soldier from Western Uttar Pradesh – Etawah who decided to do work with dedication and help India flatten the curve of the invidious virus that has killed 377 people as of April 15, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Meet 25-year-old constable Ramakant Nagar who chose not to go home to his village to visit his firstborn child. The constable was informed about the birth of his baby-girl on WhatsApp, 12 days ago and since then he has just met his daughter through the digital medium. Doting the photo of his daughter on his phone, he said, ‘Will go and see her after the lockdown ends, duty first for now.’
Further, the constable told NDTV,
At first, I thought about going home, I wanted to see my daughter. But then I also thought about how so many of my colleagues are doing continuous duty in this crucial time. Moreover, my nation needs me more right now. That’s why I decided not to ask for leave and stay here for my duty.
He further adds,
I speak to my wife and family every day. But I have also made up my mind that I will not go home till the time this lockdown is in place.
Etawah in Uttar Pradesh has currently one COVID-19 positive case and is not among containment zones. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh, which has the seventh-highest number of cases in the country, at 660 (as of April 15).
To contain the spread of coronavirus in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14 extended the lockdown further till May 3. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, currently, in India, there are about 11,439 coronavirus infected people.