Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is again faced with a big battle against COVID-19 as cases continue to rise across the nation. In his address to the nation, Modi said that the conditions would improve with the decisions taken in recent days. 

In his address to the nation, Modi said the people were undergoing suffering but “we need to fight it out with all our might” and expressed confidence that the coronavirus will be defeated with the combined efforts of the people.

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Here are the highlights from PM Modi’s address to the nation: 

– We are facing the second wave of COVID-19 now. I understand the pain you are going through and express my sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones due to COVID.

– It’s a big challenge, but we need to fight it out with all our might

– Shortage of oxygen cylinders has come across as a major problem. All stakeholders working collectively to meet this challenge.

– Efforts have been made to ensure COVID-19 vaccines reach all nooks and corners of the country.

– I request states to keep the trust of migrant workers alive and urge them to stay where they are.

– India with two ‘made in India’ vaccines started the world’s largest vaccination program. Till now, more than 12 crore vaccine doses have been administered. From 1st May, those above the age of 18 years can be vaccinated.

– I urge the states to consider lockdowns only as the last option and focus creating on micro containment zones