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Covid-19: Practise social distancing, not emotional distancing , says PM Modi

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 29, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In his Mann ki Baat address, he says India will surely defeat coronavirus

Citizens should practise social distancing but not ostracise those affected or opting for self-quarantine to check the spread of Covid-19, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing the nation through his monthly Mann ki Baat, Modi said, “There is no other subject that is on the minds of people right now other than the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and ways to tackle it.”

“This is a time to strengthen the emotional ties between people. This is also a time to be supportive of healthcare workers and essential service providers such as electricity, online payments and telecom services,” he said.

Modi said that people should appreciate those who are practising self-quarantine to check the spread of the pandemic in the country. “We should practise social distancing but not emotional distancing,” he said.

“This virus spreads beyond countries, social hierarchies and all other distinctions. So, we must unite to tackle this disease, which threatens humankind,” he added.

Modi spoke to survivors of the Covid-19 virus, and shared their views on how they were cured of the disease. He also shared the views of doctors who are handling cases of the pandemic and the steps one can take to avoid being infected.

PTI adds

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought the nation’s forgiveness for imposing a monumental lockdown on the country, but said, “We have to win and we will definitely win the battle” against the unprecedented menace of coronavirus that has claimed 25 lives in India so far. In his monthly Mann ki Baat radio address to the nation, Modi also praised the front-line workers in the fight against the virus as well as countless workers in the essential services who are ensuring the country doesn’t come to a complete standstill in the 21-day lockdown announced on March 24.

“I seek forgiveness. I am sure you will forgive me that you had to undergo so much trouble. Some people will say what kind of Prime Minister is this but these are special circumstances. You had to undergo problems I understand but there is no other way out to fight the coronavirus. But this is a battle for life and death,” he said.

“Coronavirus is bent on killing people therefore entire humanity must unite and resolve to eliminate it,” he said in the address that lasted more than 30 minutes and featured two former coronavirus patients and a doctor.

He urged the people to utilise the time spent at home in re-engaging themselves in old hobbies and reconnecting with old friends.

Published on March 29, 2020

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