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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, social distancing is the most effective way to fight COVID-19; urges countrymen to protect themselves and their families.

  • Sharing his thoughts in Mann Ki Baat Programme of All India Radio, Mr Modi asserts, India will win its fight against COVID-19.

  • PM says, certain hard decisions necessary to contain Corona outbreak; Calls mankind to rise unitedly in resolve to exterminate Corona virus.

  • Mr Modi continues his interactions with various stakeholders in India's fight against COVID-19.

  • Fresh batch of 275 evacuees from Iran arrive at Jodhpur.

  • And, Indian Oil Corporation says country has enough petrol, diesel and cooking gas in stocks.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that social distancing is the most effective way of fighting against COVID-19 and by complying with the lockdown, people are protecting themselves. Sharing his thoughts in the Mann Ki Baat Programme of All India Radio today, Mr. Modi said, everyone has to protect themselves and their families and for the next many days, they have to abide by the Lakshman Rekha.

"ये लॉकडाउन आपके खुद के बचने के लिए है। आपको अपने को बचाना है, अपने परिवार को बचाना है। अभी आपको कई दिनों तक इसी तरह धैर्य दिखाना ही है, लक्ष्मण रेखा का पालन करना ही है। साथियों मैं ये भी जानता हूं कि कोई कानून नहीं तोड़ना चाहता, लेकिन कुछ लोग ऐसा कर रहे हैं, क्योंकि अब भी वो स्थिति की गंभीरता को नहीं समझ रहे हैं। ऐसे लोगों को यही कहूंगा कि लॉकडाउन का नियम तोड़ेंगे तो कोरोना वायरस से बचना मुश्किल हो जायेगा।"

Mr Modi said, the determination and restraint of each Indian will aid in facing the crisis. Mr Modi said, mankind will have to rise unitedly in the resolve to exterminate this virus which poses a threat to annihilate the human race. The Prime Minister apologized for any inconvenience or hardship caused to the people.

"मैं आपकी की दिक्कतें समझता हूं। आपकी परेशानी भी समझता हूं। लेकिन भारत जैसे 130 करोड़ की आबादी वाले देश को कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई के लिए ये कदम उठाये बिना कोई रास्ता नहीं था। कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई जीवन और मृत्यु के बीच की लड़ाई है और इस लड़ाई में हमें जीतना है और इसीलिए ये कठोर कदम उठाने बहुत आवश्यक थे। किसी का मन नहीं करता है ऐसे कदमों के लिए लेकिन दुनिया के हालात देखने के बाद लगता है कि यही एक रास्ता बचा है। आपको, आपके परिवार को सुरक्षित रखना है। मैं फिर एक बार आपको जो भी असुविधा हुई है, कठिनाई हुई है। इसके लिए क्षमा मांगता हूं।"

The Prime Minister said, since the battle against corona is unprecedented as well as challenging, the decisions being taken during this time are unheard of, in world history. The Prime Minister said, the steps being taken by Indians to stop the spread of corona and the efforts being made, will ensure that India conquers the pandemic. 

Mr Modi said, our sympathy for the poor should also be far greater. Our humanity stems from the fact that whenever we see a poor or hungry person, we first try and feed them in this time of crisis. He said, we should think of their needs and India can do it as it is part of its values and culture. The Prime Minister cited an adage which means, an illness and its scourge should be nipped in the bud itself. However, when it becomes incurable its treatment is very difficult. Underlining the foremost concern in everyone’s mind across the globe about the catastrophic Corona virus pandemic , he said this is the reason why he has confined to this issue in this edition of Mann Ki Baat.

The Prime Minister said, in this war, there are many soldiers who are fighting the Corona virus, not in the confines of their homes but outside their homes.

"इस लड़ाई के अनेकों योद्धा ऐसे हैं जो घरों में नहीं घरों के बाहर रहकर कोरोना वायरस का मुकाबला कर रहे हैं। जो हमारे फ्रंट लाइन सोल्जर्स हैं। खास करके हमारी नर्सेस बहनें हैं। नर्सेस का काम करने वाले भाई हैं, डॉक्टर हैं, पैरा मेडिकल स्टॉफ हैं, ऐसे साथी जो कोराना को पराजित कर चुके हैं। आज हमें उनसे प्रेरणा लेनी है।"

The Prime Minister shared his conversations on phone with some of those engaged in the fight against CIVID-19  boosting their zeal, in turn raising his own enthusiasm as well and said he has learnt a lot from them. First he shared his conversation with an IT professional Ramgampa Teja who recovered from Coronavirus. The Prime Minister said, Ram followed Doctor’s instructions fully when suspected of having Corona and as a result, he is leading a healthy, normal life today.

"परिवार के लिये तो, पहले, उसके बारे में जब पता चला, तब तो मैं quarantine में था, लेकिन quarantine के बाद भी डॉक्टर्स ने बताया था, कि और 14 दिन, घर पे ही रहना है और अपने room में रहना और self को House quarantine रखने के लिए बोले थे | तो, आने के बाद भी मैं अपने घर में ही हूँ , मेरे ही room में रहता हूँ ज्यादातर, mask पहनकर ही रहता हूँ दिन-भर, जब भी बाहर खाने के लिये कुछ होगा ...hand washing वो सब important है |"

Mr Modi spoke to Ashok Kapoor from Agra who alongwith with family suffered due to Coronavirus. The Prime Minister said, we can defeat this pandemic without panicking, following the right steps on time,  contacting doctors on time without getting afraid and by taking proper precautions.

"हम छः को उन्होंने अलग-अलग room दिया | अच्छे room थे, सबकुछ था | तो sir फिर हम 14 दिन वहां हॉस्पिटल में अकेले रहते थे | और डॉक्टरों का जहां तक बात है ,बहुत सहयोग रहा जी, बड़ा अच्छा उन्होंने हमको treat किया चाहे वो staff हो | और जो कहते थे, हम मान लेते थे | फिलहाल  हमको किसी भी तरह की 1% भी problem  नहीं आयी | "

In order to highlight how  the nation is dealing with this pandemic at the medical level, the Prime Minister spoke to some doctors who are leading the front line in this battle. Dr. Nitesh Gupta from Delhi thanked Prime Minister for the support from government to the hospital and told him that everyone's mood in his hospital is upbeat.

"सबका mood upbeat है | आपका आशीर्वाद सबके साथ है | आपने दिया हुआ सारा हॉस्पिटल को जो भी आप support कर रहे हैं , जो भी चीज़ हम माँग रहे हैं , आप सब provide  कर रहे हैं | तो हम लोग बिलकुल  जैसे Army border पर लड़ी रहती है, हम लोग बिलकुल वैसे ही लगे हुए हैं | और, हमारा सिर्फ एक ही कर्त्तव्य है कि patient ठीक होकर घर जाए |"

The Prime Minister said, the selfless spirit of service with which they perform their duty is beyond compare. He said, it’s a coincidence that the world is celebrating year 2020 as the International year of the Nurse and Midwife. The year 1820 is associated with the birth of Florence Nightingale who lent a new identity, a new paradigm to the term ‘Service to humanity’ and the field of Nursing, taking it to newer heights. Mr Modi expressed confidence that the nursing community with its dedication  will not will help save many lives. Mr Modi said, India has been able to fight a battle on such a massive scale, only because of the zeal and grit of  frontline warriors like Doctors,  nurses,  para medics, Aasha,  ANM workers, sanitation workers. He said, the country is also concerned about their  health and the government has announced a health insurance cover of upto 50 lakhs rupees for around 20 lakhs colleagues from these fields so that in this battle, you can lead the country with greater self confidence.

He said, the small retail storekeeper in the neighbourhood is also taking a great risk in these troubled times to ensure that people do not face any difficulty in buying essential goods. He requested them to follow all the safety precautions, take care of themselves and their family members. The Prime Minister said, people need to understand that in the current circumstances, we need to ensure social distance, not human or emotional distance.

"कोरोना वायरस से लड़ने का सबसे कारगर तरीका सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग है। लेकिन हमें ये समझना होगा कि सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग का मतलब सोशल इंट्रैक्शन को खत् करना नहीं है। वास्तव में ये समय अपने सामाजिक रिश्तों में नई जान फूंकने का है, उन रिश्तों को तरोताजा करने का है। एक प्रकार से समय हमें यह भी बताता है कि सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग बढ़ावा और इमोशनल डिस्टेंस घटाओ।मैं फिर कहता हूँ, social distancing बढ़ाओ और emotional distance घटाओ "

Regarding fitness, he said, he will upload some videos on the social media including the Namo app. He again appealed to the countrymen to stay at home, be careful and safe in order to to win this battle.

"आज हर भारतीय अपने जीवन की रक्षा के लिए घर में बंद है। लेकिन आने वाले समय में यही हिन्दुस्तानी अपने देश के विकास के लिए सारी दीवारों को तोड़कर आगे निकलेगा, देश को आगे ले जायेगा। आप अपने परिवार के साथ घर पर रहिए, सुरक्षित और सावधान रहिए, हमें ये जंग जीतना है जरूर जीतेंगे।"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is continuing his interactions with various stakeholders in India’s fight against COVID-19. Mr Modi interacts with over 200 people on a daily basis which includes phone calls to various State Governors, Chief Ministers, and Health Ministers to get a first-hand feedback on India’s fight against the COVID-19 menace.


The Center has directed States to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities. Cabinet secretary and Home Ministry are in constant touch with State Chief Secretaries and DGPs. Video Conferences were held by Cabinet Secretary and Home Secretary yesterday and today morning with Chief Secretaries and DGPs.

It has been advised that adequate arrangements for food and shelter of poor and needy people including migrant laborers be made at the place of their work. States have been also told to ensure timely payment of wages to labourers at their place of work during the period of lockdown without any cut.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today appealed to migrant workers not to leave for their native places in country's interest. In a tweet, the Chief Minister asked migrants to stay where they are as risk of coronavirus spreading increases due to large gatherings. He assured that Delhi government has made all arrangements for their food and shelter.


A fresh batch of 275 evacuees from Iran arrived this morning at the Army Wellness Facility at Jodhpur. As per the procedure,  preliminary screening of the evacuees upon arrival was conducted at Jodhpur airport by the Medical teams from Civil Administration and Army.


Indian Oil Corporation, IOC, Chairman Sanjiv Singh has said that the country has enough petrol, diesel and cooking gas LPG in stocks to last way beyond the three-week nationwide lockdown as all plants and supply locations are fully operational. Singh said customers should not resort to panic booking of LPG refills. He said that IOC has mapped demand for all fuel for entire April and beyond and IOC refineries are operating at levels enough to meet all of the demand.


In Gujarat, one more death reported due to COVID-19 this morning taking the total death toll in the state to 5. Addressing the press conference at Gandhinagar this morning, the Principal Health Secretary Dr. Jayanti Ravi said that today’s death was reported from Ahmedabad, who was also suffering from high diabetes.

Meanwhile, the total cases of COVID-19 in the state have gone up to 58 with 3 new cases reported this morning. More From our correspondent:-

"Gujarat Government is taking series of steps to check the spread of Coronovirus cases in the state. Availability of essential commodities including milk, vegetables and groceries has been streamlined. More than 96 thousand new licences have been issued to retailers, handcart pullers and hawkers to maintain the retail supply chain. Meanwhile, Government has arranged special buses for 10 thousand workers who were trying to migrant on foot. Apart from this, about 3 lakh food packets are being distributed daily to the workers who stayed back in the state. State Government also helped 1800 tourists and pilgrims, who were stranded in Haridwar and Nepal following the lock-down. All these pilgrims have been medically checked outside the State border before entry in to the state. Yogesh Pandya/AIR News/Ahmedabad." 


With fresh fatalities in six states, the death toll from COVID-19 has climbed to 25 in India. The total number of cases has risen to 979 today including 48 foreigners.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the constitution of the PM's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund.


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