Modi: India shaken by coronavirus 'storm'

Don't Fall For Rumours About Vaccines PM's Mann Ki Baat Highlights

"Every day, it the same situation, we are left with two hours of oxygen, we only get assurances from the authorities", one doctor said on TV. "After successfully confronting the first wave of corona [virus], the country was full of enthusiasm, full of self-confidence, but this storm has shaken the country".

As India conitnues to fight the second wave of COVID-19 amid a shortage of oxygen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (April 25) said in his "Mann Ki Baat" that the the second wave of coronavirus has shaken the country.

The prime minister said that Sunday's show was entirely focused on the coronavirus pandemic because India's top priority now was to defeat the infection.

I once again urge all of you to get vaccinated and to take full care. "I appeal also to the states to extend the benefit of this free vaccine campaign of the government of India to the maximum number of people of their state", the Prime Minister said. "At this time, to win this battle, priority must be given to experts and scientific advice".

In his address, Modi noted that the pandemic was testing everyone's patience.

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Addressing a ceremony on Panchayati Raj Diwas during which Modi launched the distribution of e-property cards under the 'SWAMITVA scheme, he said the pandemic was prevented from affecting rural areas past year and exuded confidence that the success can be replicated as local leadership now have experience as well as knowledge.

To help the poor get food, his government has made a decision to provide them free ration for May and June, the prime minister noted, adding this will benefit over 80 crore people and cost the government Rs 26,000 cr.

It was broadcasted on the entire network of All India Radio and Doordarshan and also on the AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App.

PM Modi said that people should seek information on COVID-19 through reliable sources only and should not become the victim of rumours. We have the security cover of vaccines this time. You may consult your family doctors. I am seeing many doctors have taken to social media to share information on COVID19 and are also offering consultations. "The only usual side effects, associated with every vaccine such as fever, pain in the entire body, pain at the site of vaccination were witnessed".

He also said that, another apprehension that people have is that a few persons were found Positive even after vaccination but here the companies themselves have said in their guidelines that people can get infection even after vaccination but the severity of the disease will not be life threatening.

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