Highlights| What did Prime Minister Modi say in 8:45 PM address?


Lockdown not required anymore if guidelines followed, focus should be on micro-containment zones, said Prime Minister Modi in his speech today.

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Jammu, April 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation on Covid-19 situation as India recorded more than 2 million (20 lakh) active cases of Covid-19, currently the second-highest number in the world after the US.

PM Modi assured that the government is trying to meet the demand for oxygen, beds in hospitals across the country.

PM Modi ruled out nationwide lockdown as a measure to curb Covid-19 pandemic

I urge the States to consider lockdowns only as the last option and focus creating on micro containment zones: PM Modi

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Modi ruled out nationwide lockdown as a measure to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, urging states as well to ensure that lockdowns are only chosen as the last resort. He also “urged state governments to ensure the well-being of migrants”. He added that the Centre will take all steps to ensure that migrants are vaccinated in the states they reside in.

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PM Modi addresses nation on Covid-19 situation

“The country is again fighting a very big battle against Corona. A few weeks ago, the conditions had stabilized and then came the second wave of Corona. We are facing the second wave of Covid-19 now. I understand the pain you are going through and express my sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones due to Covid. The challenge is big but we have to overcome it with our resolve, courage and preparation.”

Demand For Oxygen and Medicine Shortage

PM said, “The demand for oxygen has increased in many parts of the country. The Centre, state govt, private sector are trying to make oxygen available to all those who are in need of it. Many steps are being taken in this direction.”

He added, “Work is on to increase the number of beds in hospitals. In some cities, large Covid-19 dedicated hospitals are being built. The pharma sector has already pumped up the production of medicines. Compared to January-February this year, the production is already high and is further being increased.”

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Regarding Covid-19 Vaccines

In his address to the nation, PM Modi said that vaccination will continue to be available for free in all government facilities. “India with two ‘made in India’ vaccines started the world’s largest vaccination program. Till now, more than 12 crore vaccine doses have been administered. From May 1, those above the age of 18 years can be vaccinated,” said the Prime Minister.

He also said, “From the first phase of vaccination, we’ve stressed to reach out to as many people as possible. The fastest 10 crore, 11 crore and 12 crore vaccine doses have been given in India. While we’re trying to save as many lives as possible, we’re also trying to ensure economic activities remain smooth as well. The urban workforce will now benefit from the vaccination as well. We will also provide vaccination swiftly to the workers.”

Form Committees to help in Covid Administration

I call upon the youth of India to form small committees and help in Covid administration in their areas. If that happens, the govt will not have to put containment zones or lockdowns: PM Modi

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