Mann ki Baat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation in his monthly radio program ‘Mann ki Baat’ apologised for the harsh decision of a 21-day nationwide lockdown. “The fight against coronavirus is unprecedented, therefore we had to take unprecedented and harsh decisions,” he said. “Social distancing is the first step to fight coronavirus, but it doesn’t mean that we reduce social interaction,” he added.
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Praising the doctors for their continuous efforts, PM Modi said, “Acharya Charak had said that one who serves patients without desiring any material gain, is the best doctor. I salute every nurse today, you all are working with incomparable dedication. World is celebrating 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife”.
On Monday, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to fight the virus and curb its spread. However, since the lockdown, thousands of migrant labourers, who have lost their jobs, are on the move, going back to their villages.