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PM Modi On Mann Ki Baat: “Urge You To Take Pledge On Independence Day For Freedom From Pandemic”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme – Mann Ki Baat talked about India’s coronavirus fight and urged citizens to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic on August 15 when India will celebrate its 74th Independence Day

PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat: "Urge You To Take Pledge On Independence Day For Freedom From Pandemic"

New Delhi: In the 66th edition of the monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday talked about India’s fight against coronavirus and said that coronavirus is still as dangerous as it was in the beginning. PM Modi further urged the citizens to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic on August 15, when the country celebrates Independence Day. Addressing the nation, PM Modi said, “This year, August 15 celebrations too will be done in very different circumstances – in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. I urge the youth, the people of my country to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic this Independence Day. Take a resolve for a self-reliant India, a resolve to learn and teach something new and a resolve to earnestly carry out our duties.”

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In the wake of coronavirus pandemic in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have also issued guidelines for Independence Day celebrations in India on August 15. MHA has asked states and Union Territories to avoid large congregations this year, but make efforts to invite COVID-19 warriors and some persons cured of infection at the ceremonies.

Talking about the country, which is among the worst-hit in terms of coronavirus outbreak, PM Modi said,

The way the country fought against Corona unitedly, has proven many apprehensions wrong. Today, the recovery rate in our country is better compared to other countries; the mortality rate is much less as well, compared to most of the other countries. Of course, the loss of even one life is saddening, but India has also succeeded in saving the lives of millions of people. But, the hazards of coronavirus are far from being over. At many places, it is spreading fast. We need to be extra vigilant. We have to bear in mind that coronavirus is as fatal today as it was in the beginning – that’s why we have to be fully cautioned. Wearing a face mask, using a gamchcha or a light towel to cover, two-yard distancing, frequently washing hands, avoiding spitting anywhere, taking full precautions in terms of hygiene and sanitation – these are our weapons to protect us from the highly contagious virus.

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Giving advice to those who feel “tired” of wearing a mask all day, he said, “Sometimes we have problems with masks. Some people remove masks while speaking. Whenever you feel like removing masks, just think about doctors and other COVID warriors who are fighting corona battle wearing these masks for hours.”

PM Modi also shared examples of coronavirus warriors and praised two volunteers for their novel ways to curb the spread of the virus. Sharing examples, he said,

Many examples of effective endeavours on part of local residents of villages and Gram Panchayats are coming to the fore. In Jammu, there is a Gram Panchayat named Gram Treva. The sarpanch there is Balbir Kaur. I am told that Balbir Kaur got a 30-bed Quarantine Centre constructed in her Panchayat. She also made arrangements for availability of water on roads leading to the Panchayat. She ensured that people did not have to face any problem with washing hands. Not just that Balbir Kaur, with a spray pump slung on her shoulder, embarks upon sanitization of the entire Panchayat and its neighbourhood, along with volunteers. Similarly, there is a Kashmiri woman sarpanch – Zaitoona Begum of Chauntliwaar, Gaanderbal. Zaitoona Begum decided that her Panchayat would fight the battle against Corona and along with that, create income opportunities too. She distributed free masks & free ration in the vicinity; at the same time she distributed crop seeds and apple saplings so that people were not subjected to inconvenience in farming & horticulture.

With a message, PM Modi signed off the Mann Ki Baat address and said, “We have to fight the battle against coronavirus with full awareness and vigilance. Whatever our responsibilities are, through sheer perseverance – business, jobs or studies, we have to lend pace to it, taking it to greater heights, even in these tough times.”

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On Monday morning, the number of coronavirus cases in India surpassed 14 lakh mark after a record spike of 49,931 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. The health ministry also added that 708 COVID-19 patients died since yesterday, taking the total number of COVID-linked deaths to 32,771. The country’s coronavirus tally stood at 14,35,453 as of July 27. More than 9.1 lakh patients have recovered so far and the country’s recovery rate stood at 63.92 per cent this morning. The positivity rate – the percentage of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus – stood at 9.68 per cent.

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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

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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