Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said people seem to have become a little negligent and careless in following guidelines for COVID-19 since the country went for unlock 1.0 after over two month-long lockdown.
While addressing the nation, he urged the people of the country to follow social distancing and other protocols Covid-19 protocols as the country enters in the phase of relaxations, called Unlock 2.
“It’s correct that India is in a much better position in terms of Covid-19 fatality rate. And that has happened because we implemented the lockdown at the right time. But since Unlock 1 started, we have been careless. We were maintaining social distance, wearing masks and washing hands to more than 20 seconds when the lockdown was in place,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation.
“But today, when we need these things more than anything, we have not been following these protocols,” he added. “The state governments, local administration and citizens again have to show similar caution. We need to have a special focus on containment zones. If you see someone flouting norms, tell them to not do so,” PM Modi said in his sixth address to the nation since the first lockdown.
Speaking on this occasion, Modi said that PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November. The extension will cost over Rs 90 thousand crore. He also hailed honest taxpayers and farmers to sustain in this critical time of pandemic.
Tuesday’s address came a day before the country enters the second phase of the lockdown. On Monday, the Ministry of Home Affairs released guidelines for unlock 2.0. As per the guidelines, there will be relaxations in the night curfew and easing of curbs outside the containment zones.