On 20 April 2021, PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation regarding the second wave of COVID-19 when India reported a total of 1,761 deaths in the last 24 hours.
In his speech, PM Narendra Modi thanked COVID-19 warriors for their consistent efforts in serving the nation in the pandemic.
He highlighted that the country is in need of vaccines and talked about his meeting with the vaccine manufacturers via video conference where he urged them to increase the production of vaccines.
He also mentioned that people above the age of 18 years will be eligible for the vaccination against COVID-19 from May 1st.
The PM appealed to the citizens to be patient and take proper precautions to fight the second wave of Covid-19. He deliberated over “saving India from national lockdown” and has requested the state ministers to abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines to keep every state away from the imposition of complete lockdown.
What’s the current scenario?
But on the contrary, many states and union territories in India have imposed fresh restrictions in the form of partial or complete lockdown to curb the spread of this deadly virus in India.
In Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced a complete lockdown in the city for 6 days starting from 10 pm on April 19 to 5 am on April 26.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday declared a 15-days curfew in the state, starting from 8 pm on April 14. The Janta curfew will remain in effect till 7 am on May 1.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had announced a weekend curfew in the state from 6 pm on April 16 to 5 am on April 19.
Similarly, the state administrations of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Chandigarh have also announced lockdown and curfews to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The second wave of COVID-19 is more virulent and dangerous than the first wave as there is twice the number of reported cases than last year, according to the Union Health Ministry.
This data signifies that India needs effective vaccination drives to curb the spread of the virus without the imposition of national lockdown.
The PM has addressed the issue of vaccination and stated that India has a good pharma sector that is responsible for making and supplying the doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
According to a report by BBC, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is being manufactured locally by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. It says it is producing more than 60 million doses a month.
Thus, by looking at the present rates of rapid production of vaccines and the state of India to provide vaccines to all adults at a fast pace, one can say that India can successfully combat Covid-19 if its people take required precautions by following the guidelines.
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