Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday apologised to the nation for taking such a hard decision of a complete lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“I apologize to nation for taking these harsh steps which have caused inconvenience in your lives, especially the poor. But these measures were needed to win this battle against the deadly pandemic,” PM Modi said in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address to the nation.
PM Modi said that he knew some of you would be angry with him. But these tough measures were needed to win this battle.
“The battle against COVID-19 is tough and it did require some tough decisions. It is important to keep the people of India safe,” said Modi.
“Together, India will defeat COVID-19. The Lockdown will keep you as well as your families safe,” he added.
The Prime Minister said, “We should take inspiration from all front-line soldiers in the fight against coronavirus, especially nurses, doctors, paramedics.”
India honours our Daily Life Heroes. They are doing so much so that we can lead our lives normally. “We salute those at the forefront of fighting COVID-19,” he added.
Modi asked Indians to show courage and follow Lakshman Rekha for several days more.
Modi said social distance does not mean emotional distance, “We have to maintain social distance, not emotional and human distance,” he added.
The Prime Minister said, “Many have gone into quarantine despite having no symptoms. I applaud them for their spirit of responsibility.”