Lockdown to be used as the last resort, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night addressed the nation on the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in India.

“We have to save India from lockdown, I request states to focus on micro containment zones and use the option only as the last resort,” he said. The address comes in the wake of the country being hit severely by the second wave of the coronavirus spread.

The Prime Minister had been chairing several meetings with various officials, ministers and other experts regarding the pandemic control measures. While the frontline staff and people above 45 years of age have been allowed to vaccinate earlier, recently the government gave access for everyone above 18 years of age to get the jab from May 1, 2021.

He stressed that a complete curfew is not the aim of the government. “States must tell migrant workers they will be vaccinated in the next few days and their job will remain with them. I request State governments to urge the workers to stay where they are. I request citizens to come forward during this crisis and help those in need.

I also request the youngsters to also to provide help in their areas, societies. If they do so, there will be no reason to impose a lockdown,” PM said in his speech.

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