New Delhi (NVI) Confirming what was being feared, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said coronavirus is spreading fast in rural areas of the country and asked villagers to take all necessary precautions, including wearing mask.
“Such a grave pandemic, which has struck after 100 years, is testing the world. We are facing an invisible enemy,” he said at an event which he addressed through video conference.
“We have lost several of our near ones. I can feel the difficulties the countrymen have been going through, the pain many people have gone through,” Modi said.
“COVID is spreading fast in rural India…. Villagers must take necessary precautions including wearing mask,” he said.
His comment amounts to confirming what has been feared. While the focus related to coronavirus is on cities and towns because of better awareness in these places, rural areas could be facing the worse situation and the villagers may not even know that they have been struck by Covid because of lack of awareness and testing.
He said a major protective medium against the pandemic is vaccination and that the central government and all the state governments together are making relentless efforts to vaccinate the maximum citizens speedily.
The Prime Minister said vaccination is being carried out free in government hospitals.
He also asked states to take action to check black-marketing of medicines and other essential medical supplies.
The Prime Minister was addressing an event to release the 8th instalment worth over Rs 20,000 crore to farmers under PM-KISAN programme.