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Prime Minister Modi: Next 3-4 weeks critical to determine impact of steps taken to contain coronavirus

Prime Minister Modi: Next 3-4 weeks critical to determine impact of steps taken to contain coronavirus

Prime Minister Modi: Next 3-4 weeks critical to determine impact of steps taken to contain coronavirus
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By CNBC-TV18 Apr 11, 2020 5:25:29 PM IST (Published)

In order to tackle COVID-19 effectively, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the next 3-4 weeks will be critical to determine impact of steps taken till now to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

In order to tackle COVID-19 effectively, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the next 3-4 weeks will be critical to determine impact of steps taken till now to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

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During the interaction with chief ministers via video conference, Modi said, "There seems to be a consensus amongst the states on extension of lockdown by another two weeks."  He underlined that the motto of the government earlier was ‘jaan hai to jahaan hai’ but now is ‘jaan bhi jahaan bhi’.
"The combined effort of the Centre and the states has definitely helped reduce the impact of COVID-19 but since the situation is rapidly evolving, constant vigilance is paramount," he said.
Prime Minister categorically assured that India has adequate supplies of essential medicines and said that measures are being taken to ensure availability of protective gear and critical equipment for all front-line workers. He also gave a stern message against black marketing and hoarding.
Condemning and expressing distress at the instances of attacks on the doctors and medical staff, and at incidents of misbehavior with students from North-East and Kashmir, Prime Minister underlined that such cases need to be dealt with firmly. He also spoke about the need to curb lockdown violations and ensure that social distancing is followed.
He also suggested that direct marketing for farm produce can be incentivised to prevent crowding in mandis, for which model APMC laws should be reformed swiftly. Such steps will help farmers sell products at their doorstep.
Prime Minister also spoke about popularizsng the Aarogya Setu app to ensure downloads in greater numbers. He referred to how South Korea and Singapore got success in contact tracing. "Based on those experiences, India has made its own effort through the app which will be an essential tool in India’s fight against the pandemic," he added.
He also referred to the possibility of the app being an e-pass which could subsequently facilitate travel from one place to another.
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