Updated: April 14, 2020 11:47:44 am
In his fourth address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3 in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. Modi added that till April 20 all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. “States which will not let hotspots increase, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions,” he said.
“We have benefited a lot due to social distancing and lockdown. While there have been huge economic costs, we have been able to save many lives. We are on the right path in this fight against the virus,” PM Modi said.
In his address, the prime minister also listed seven tasks, for which he sought co-operation from the country in the battle against COVID-19. “We need to follow these seven tasks till May 3,” the prime minister said, adding that a detailed guideline will be issued tomorrow. “The lockdown may have come with serious economic costs, but it has also saved millions of lives,” he said.
The seven tasks mentioned by PM Modi are
- Take care of the elderly [This is why]
- Practice social distancing
- Follow AYUSH ministry tips to boost immunity
- Download Aarogya Setu app
- Look after the needy
- Don’t sack people from jobs
- Respect COVID-19 fighters
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Prime Minister Modi also thanked India for being involved in this fight as a dedicated soldier. “Despite the sufferings, you are engaged in this fight. In our Constitution, a line reads ‘We the People’. This is what it signifies. This is a befitting tribute to Dr. Ambedkar on his birth anniversary.”
The prime minister’s address comes on a day the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 10,000-mark, including 339 deaths.
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