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Lockdown may have been over, but the virus is still there, says PM Modi

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PM Modi’s address seventh time on Tuesday since the pandemic outbreak said the lockdown might have been lifted in the country but the virus is still out there.

He said “In this festive season, markets are bright again but we need to remember that the lockdown might have ended but Covid-19 still persists. With efforts of every Indian over the last 7-8 months, India is in a stable situation we must not let it deteriorate.”

Modi has addressed the nation several times about various measures, including lockdown, being taken to curb the pandemic, and also announced economic and welfare packages. Also on June 30 announced the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a program to provide free ration for over 80 crore people.

Giving the safety measures he said “Many people have stopped taking precautions now. This is not right. If you are careless, walking out without a mask, then you are putting yourself, your family, your family’s children, the elderly in as much trouble.”

Talking about the covid vaccine said “Till there’s a vaccine of the pandemic, we cannot weaken our fight against Corona. Indian scientists are working hard to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. Government is working swiftly to ensure every Indian has access to a vaccine when it is ready.”

Also added We have more than 90 lakh beds for COVID patients. We will cross the 10 crore mark in tests soon. An increasing number of tests has been our strength. We have a good recovery rate and low fatality rate. The death rate in India  is 83 per 10 lakh people. India has been more successful in saving lives than developed nations.

PM concludes his speech by greeting every citizen for the festivals such as Navratri, Dusshera, Diwali, Eid, Chhat Puja, Guru Nanak Jayanti and others.

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