New Delhi: Coronavirus is still as dangerous as it was in the beginning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, as he urged citizens to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic on August 15, when the country celebrates Independence Day. With over 13 lakh cases, India is the third worst-hit country in the global coronavirus tally after the US and Brazil.
“This year, August 15 celebrations too will be in very different circumstances – in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. I urge the youth, the people of my country to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic this Independence Day. Take a resolve for a self-reliant India, a resolve to learn and teach something new and a resolve to earnestly carry out our duties,” PM Modi said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio program, Mann Ki Baat.
Though the country is among the worst-hit, it has managed to have a successful recovery rate against the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi said, highlighting India’s track record in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today, COVID-19 recovery rate in our country is better than others. We were able to save the lives of lakhs of people, but the threat of coronavirus is not over yet. We need to remain vigilant. We have to remember that coronavirus is still as dangerous as it was in the beginning.” said PM Modi at the 66th edition of his monthly radio program.
He also had advice for those who feel “tired” of wearing a mask. “Sometime we have problems with masks. Some people remove masks while speaking. Whenever you feel like removing masks, just think about doctors and other COVID warriors who are fighting corona battle wearing these masks for hours,” he said.