INDIA’S COVID-19 recovery rate is better compared to other countries and its case fatality rate is much less as well, but the threat of the deadly virus is far from over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, he also said that at many places, the virus is spreading fast and people need to be extra vigilant. “The threat of the coronavirus is far from being over. At many places, it is spreading fast. We need to be extra vigilant. We have to bear in mind that the coronavirus is as fatal today as it was in the beginning.
That is why we have to be fully cautious,” Modi said. He said amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, India’s rural regions came up as beacons of guidance for the entire country. Many examples of effective endeavours on part of local residents of villages and gram panchayats are coming to the fore, Modi said, giving the example of people who came forward to help others amid the health crisis. “Over the last few months, the way the country fought against the coronavirus unitedly has proved many apprehensions wrong. Today, the recovery rate in our country is better compared to other countries. The mortality rate in the context of COVID-19 in our country is much less as well, compared to most countries,” Modi said.
“Of course, the loss of even one life is saddening, but India has also succeeded in saving the lives of lakhs of people,” Modi said. Wearing a face mask, using a ‘gamchcha’ or a cloth to cover the face, two yards of distancing, frequently washing hands, avoiding spitting in public places and taking full care of hygiene and sanitation are our weapons to protect ourselves from the virus, he noted. “When a mask is required the most, we tend to remove it.
At such times, I urge you that whenever you feel your mask is bothersome and you want to remove it, spare a thought for those doctors, nurses. You will find them wearing masks for hours together, diligently working to save our lives ... Sometimes wearing masks for a span of eight to 10 hours. Doesn’t that discomfort them? Just think about them,” he said. Once people think of ‘Corona Warriors’, they too will feel that as citizens, neither they should be negligent nor let others be so, the Prime Minister said.
Use Indian handloom, handicrafts: PM
July 26 (ANI)
IN LINE with his “vocal for local” campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to citizens to use Indian handloom and handicrafts as much as possible as it will benefit local artisans and weavers. “National Handloom Day is on August 7. The handloom of India and our handicrafts encompass a glorious history of hundreds of years. It should be an endeavour on part of all of us to use Indian handloom and handicrafts as much as possible and also communicate to more and more people about them,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the 67th edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday.
“The more the world knows about the richness and diversity of Indian handloom and handicrafts, the greater our local artisans and weavers will benefit,” he said. The Prime Minister said that many people and institutions are campaigning to celebrate Rakshabandhan this time in a different manner. “A few days from now, the auspicious festival of Rakshabandhan will be celebrated. These days, I am noticing that many people and institutions are campaigning to celebrate Rakshabandhan this time in a different manner. And many people are linking the festival with ‘Vocal for Local’, and this is true too,” Modi said.