New Delhi: Amid the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on April 20 and stressed that India has the capability to come out of the coronavirus crisis.
He urged state governments to implement lockdowns only as a last-resort measure amid a deadly second wave of Covid-19.
“States have to try to avoid lockdowns as much as possible,” Modi said in a televised address to the nation. “The focus needs to be on effective micro-containment zones.”
Modi also requested states to offer assurance to migrant workers and urge them to stay put where they are. “State governments should assure migrant workers they will receive vaccination and soon work will resume,” he said.
The prime minister also said that citizens should continue to observe protocol and exercise caution. He said young people should form disciplinary committees in apartments and housing societies to ensure Covid protocols are followed.
Several states, including Maharashtra and national capital Delhi, have announced localized lockdowns as they attempt to curb rising cases.