India’s Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi addressed the nation
through a televised speech on Tuesday, April 14. He declared that the lockdown
that started from March 23 would continue until May 3, 2020, in the face of
coronavirus cases in India crossing 10,000. Here are the top things to take
note of from the speech.
The PM stated that the combat efforts against
COVID-19 are in full swing. He acknowledged the difficulties that the
countrymen were facing and lauded their efforts towards fighting the outbreak.
The PM reminded Indians that the government
was proactive in controlling the spread of coronavirus, implementing measures
such as social distancing, closing down public places, screening international
passengers, making quarantine compulsory for people returning from foreign
lands, etc. It resulted in India being in a favorable position compared to many
other countries in terms of controlling the pandemic.
He announced that experts, including the heads
of the states, have suggested an extension of the lockdown. Hence it is being
extended for 19 more days.
The PM warned people that the lockdown
regulations would become more stringent to prevent new hotspots from cropping
up. The authorities will be closely monitoring public activity.
He declared that the government would issue
complete guidelines on Wednesday.
He assured that in places where the threat of
coronavirus mitigates, some relaxations might be permitted after April 20 as a
reprieve to daily wage earners. However, those will be revoked if new
infections start resurfacing.
He stated that to aid the poor, the Pradhan
Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana is in place.
During this harvest season of Rabi crops, the
government will consider the interests of farmers.
The PM also reassured that there is no
shortage of medicines and ration in the country. The government is resolving
challenges in the maintenance of the supply chain consistently.
Another piece of encouraging information is
that the number of labs for testing coronavirus infection has increased to over
He also declared that there are developments on
the healthcare infrastructure front. There are over 1 lakh beds and more than
600 dedicated hospitals for coronavirus treatment.
Sri Narendra Modi concluded his speech by
requesting the cooperation of the country in seven aspects:
The aged must be safeguarded, and special care
should be taken for those having preexisting health conditions.
Masks must be worn outdoors, and social
distancing must be maintained.
People should follow the directive of the
AYUSH ministry to improve their health and immunity.
Everyone must download the AarogyaSetu app and
help in containing the pandemic.
Indians should try to care for the people who
are suffering from poverty and scarcity of food.
Businesses must not dismiss their employees.
People in the frontline, like doctors and
healthcare practitioners, cleaners and sweepers, police officers, etc. must be
respected for their selfless service amidst the dangers of COVID-19.