Urging people to take precautions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly spreading in rural areas. “I want to warn you about Corona. This pandemic is spreading fast in rural villages. Every government is taking efforts to stop this. Awareness about this among rural people and cooperation of the panchayat institutes are equally important.
“You have never disappointed the nation. We hope this time too, to protect yourself and your family from Covid, all necessary precautions are taken. Wearing mask properly and regularly is important,” Modi said. The Prime Minister was speaking at the release of the 8th installment of financial benefit under the PM-KISAN scheme via video conference here. He urged the citizens to take precautions, wear masks and maintain social distance to check the spread of disease that has claimed at least 2.65 lakh lives in India for the past 15 months.
With 3,43,144 new infections over the last 24 hours, the tally of total cases crossed 2.4 crores. With 4,000 fresh deaths, the toll now stands at 2,65,346, since the pandemic first struck India more than a year ago.
Modi said his government is working on a “war footing” to control the second wave of infections and is setting up new hospitals and oxygen generating plants while augmenting supplies of medicines and vaccines. He asked states to crack down on black marketing of medicines and other essential items. Prime Minister urged farmers to be aware of this invisible enemy and take precautions and timely medication. He asked people to wear masks, maintain social distancing and undergo testing if there are any symptoms.
The PM asked farmers not to take Covid symptoms like cold and fever lightly. “Get the test done, isolate yourself and start the medication on time.” After vaccination too, people should not forget to follow the Covid Appropriate Behaviour, he added. India reported more than 3 lakh infections daily for 22 consecutive days. With 3,43,144 new infections over the last 24 hours, the tally of total cases crossed 2.4 crores. With 4,000 fresh deaths, the toll now stands at 2,65,346, since the pandemic first struck India more than a year ago.
Modi expressed confidence that the country will win the battle against Coronavirus, which he described as an “invisible enemy” and “multi-coloured” in nature. “After 100 years, such a terrible pandemic is testing the world at every step. In front of us, we have an invisible enemy, which is multiform. We have lost close ones to this enemy, the Coronavirus,” Modi said. He empathised with the pain of the countrymen who have lost dear ones recently in the Covid battle. “The pain that many people have gone through, I have felt the same pain. I am feeling the same.”
“We are fighting with all our might…We are overcoming obstacles in resources in the fight against the second wave of the Corona,” he said. “India is not a country to lose courage. Neither India nor Indians will lose courage. We will fight and we will win,” said Modi, citing the working of the entire mechanism including forces battling with the pandemic.
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