Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said in the festival season, citizens must not forget that while the lockdown is over, the coronavirus is not. “This is not the time to be careless. This is not the time to think that corona is gone and the danger is over,” he cautioned in an address to the nation ahead of a series of festivals over the next few months.
He said in the past few days, videos had emerged of people in public, throwing caution to the winds. “You are risking your family, your children and your elders by doing so,” said the Prime Minister.
He also said while India was at a better state than many other countries, it should not drop its guard.
Until there is a vaccine, he said, no one can be complacent. “For the first time in years, there is an effort on war footing to save the humanity. Our scientists are also working hard on a vaccine.”
The government is preparing a plan to make any vaccine available to all, said the Prime Minister, adding, “Dawai nahin to dhilai nahin (no laxity without cure).”
“I want to you to know that once we get a vaccine, everyone will get it in a planned, phased and fast manner. Till the time we get a vaccine, if we are even a little irresponsible, we can harm ourselves and all those around us. Wear masks, maintain do gaz ki doori (six-feet distance), wash hands regularly, use sanitisers and do not venture out unless absolutely necessary,” PM Modi urged.