PM advises state govts to use lockdown as last resort to contain spread of COVID-19

Addressing the nation on the COVID-19 situation, Mr Modi said, the focus should be micro-containment zones. He said, we will take care of economic health as well as the health of the countrymen.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that the country has to overcome second wave of COVID-19 through resolve, courage and preparation and urged States to consider lockdowns only as the last resort.

Addressing the nation on the COVID-19 situation, Mr Modi said, the focus should be micro-containment zones. He said, we will take care of economic health as well as the health of the countrymen.

The Prime Minister said the demand for oxygen has increased in many parts of the country and Centre and state governments along with the private sector are trying to make oxygen available to all those who are in need. Mr Modi said the government is using multiple avenues to ensure the transport of oxygen.

He said, there will be new oxygen plants in the states and one lakh new cylinders will also be delivered soon. The Prime Minister asked the State governments to urge the workers to stay where they are. He said, this trust given by the states to the migrant workers will help them.

Mr Modi added that States must tell migrant workers they will be vaccinated in next few days and their job will remain with them.

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