India faces a big challenge with a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases, but efforts are on to ensure that economic activities and livelihood are not affected in the fight against the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, underlining the steps India has taken over the past few weeks to bring down the spiralling infections.
He appealed to the nation to come forward and help those in need, asked migrant workers not to leave cities in view of temporary restrictions in place, and stressed that India’s scientific community had a better understanding of the disease this time around and was prepared to fight the pandemic.
Modi also asked people not to venture out, and exercise caution in these difficult times. “We have to save the country from lockdowns. I will appeal to states to consider lockdown as the last option and instead focus on micro-containment zones,” he said.
Hours after meeting vaccine-makers, he said the government’s move to allow vaccination for all adults from May 1 will help the working population who have to venture out.
“Our effort is to keep the disruption to a minimum…(on) both social and financial (fronts),” he said, a remark that comes at a time when several states are imposing local restrictions in view of the rising cases.