Coronavirus is as lethal as it was in beginning: PM in Mann ki Baat

New Delhi (NVI): In his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues to be lethal and asked the people to remain vigilant like before.

He said that wearing masks and maintaining social distancing has to continue if the country has to win the war against the pandemic. He added that if one feels tired of wearing a mask, then he/she should think about Covid warriors and their exemplary efforts.

“Sometimes, do you feel tired of wearing a mask? When you do, think of our COVID warriors and their exemplary efforts,” the PM said in his monthly radio address.

“Friends, the danger of corona is still there. It is spreading at a fast pace in many places. We have to be very vigilant now. We have to take care that it is as lethal as it was before, therefore we have to be cautious. To wear a mask or cover your face with a cloth, regularly washing hands, not spit in public, take care of hygiene and cleanliness- these are our weapons against corona that will save us,” the PM said.

Modi added that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country is better than others. “Our fatality rate is much less than most of the other countries. We managed to save the lives of lakhs of people, but the threat of coronavirus is not over yet. It is spreading fast many areas, we need to remain vigilant”, he said.

The PM also mentioned about Madhubani masks from Bihar in his address, saying they are becoming increasingly popular. He said these masks are promoting a tradition as well as providing health safety and employment to people.

He also expressed solidarity with people affected by floods and heavy rainfall across India. “Centre, State Governments, local administrations, #NDRF and social organisations are working to provide all possible assistance to those affected,” he said.

With the country observing Kargil Vijay Diwas today, PM Modi also recalled the valour of brave Indian soldiers who fought in the 1999 war against Pakistan as the country emerged victorious on this day.

“Thanks to the courage of our armed forces, India showed great strength in Kargil,” PM said in his address while hitting out at Pakistan for trying to “backstab” India despite the latter’s friendship.