Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi (SD)
New Delhi, Oct 20: Addessing the nation Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that we need not forget that the lockdown is over but the coronavius is still there and we have come a long way in the fight against coronavirus. This is the seventh time the Prime Minister is addressing the nation since the nation wide lockdown imposed in late March.
He further said that India has been successful in saving lives during this pandemic compared to many other countries. "In India, the death rate at per million population is 83. On the contrary, in several countries such as US, UK and Brazil, the number is over 600. India has been successful in saving lives of its citizens better than more prosperous countries," PM Modi said. He stressed that citizens must be alert and not let the situation worsen rather contribute towards preventing the spread.
"More than 10 crore tests have been conducted so far, over 2,000 Covid labs are operational, over 90 lakhs beds are available and over 12,000 quarantine centres are there in the country.5,500 people out of every 10 Lakh population in India are infected, whereas in countries like the US & Brazil this figure is around 25,000," Modi said.
He said that currently many people have stopped taking precautions and it is not right. Carelessness and walking out without a mask would put oneself and family, family's children, the elderly in as much trouble.
He urged the citizens to be alert and said that carelessness could stop our movement and the country is going through difficult time yet we are moving forward. “Taking care of responsibilities and vigilance will go hand in hand, only then will happiness remains in life,” he said.
Modi said that the government is working on how to bring the vaccine to all the citizens in a speedy way. Modi stressed on various versions of vaccines that are being developed in India and scientists of the country are working on a war footing to develop a vaccine while a few candidates are in an advanced stage of trials.
He wished the country for the festive season and said, "I pray to all of you, I want to see all of you safe and your families happy. I want to see festivals bring cheer your lives."