Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (March 25) said that at time people do not pay attention to things which are important and same is the case with coronavirus.
During an interaction with citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing, the prime minister said, “I request people to understand facts and not believe in rumours. Coronavirus doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor and will not spare anyone just because they perform yoga or exercise daily.”
This is PM Modi’s first public engagement after the announcement of a 21-day countrywide lockdown.
He informed that the government has formed a help desk, in collaboration with Whatsapp, to seek correct information on COVID-19.
“If you have access to Whatsapp you can use the number 9013151515 for the purpose. If you write ‘Namaste’ on this number, either in English or in Hindi, then you will get an immediate response,” he said.
“Mahabharat war was won in 18 days, this was the whole country is fighting against coronavirus will take 21 days. Our aim is to win this war in 21 days,” he added.
Marking the day one of Navratri, the prime minister urged the citizens, whoever has the capability, to pledge to take care of nine families for 21 days and bring out the true essence of the festival. He also appealed for the people to take care of the animals around them who are taking a hit due to the lockdown.
Emphasising on his previous stand over self-medication, Modi said, “We will have to note that no vaccine has been developed in the world so far. You should not attempt to treat coronavirus n your own. Stay at home and do things only after consulting a doctor.”
“In this battle against COVID-19, I noticed that our army of children are playing a major role and making their parents understand what to do and what not to do, how to wash hands and how not to follow wrong practices. Several families and parents have shared such videos of their children on social media and I have watched some of them. I will try to share some with all of you,” he added.