Narendra Modi to address nation tonight at 8 pm; PM likely to speak on issues related to lockdown, economy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday, a day after he interacted with chief ministers on ways to deal with the spread of coronavirus and also boost economic activity, the Prime Minister's Office said.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday, a day after he interacted with chief ministers on ways to deal with the spread of coronavirus and also boost economic activity, the Prime Minister's Office said.
Shri @narendramodi will be addressing the nation at 8 PM this evening.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 12, 2020
This will be the prime minister's fifth address to the nation, including a video message, following the outbreak of COVID-19 .
Sources in the government indicated that the prime minister is likely to speak on issues related to the lockdown and the economy. He last addressed the nation on 14 April.
In his virtual meet with chief ministers on Monday, Modi said the challenges are two-fold -- reduction of the transmission rate of the novel coronavirus and gradual increase in public activities while adhering to all guidelines.
The Centre and states will have to work towards achieving the twin objectives, he said.
In his March 19 address, the prime minister announced a "janta curfew" on March 22. On 24 March, he announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. On 14 April, he extended the lockdown period till 3 May. On 3 April, in a video message, Modi asked the nation to light lamps for frontline corona warriors on 5 April.
The lockdown was further extended till 17 May by the Home Ministry.
Making a strong pitch for indigenious COVID-19 vaccines, Modi also informed at UNGA that India has developed the first DNA vaccine, which can be given to those above 12 years
In an apparent reference to China which is flexing its military muscles in the Indo-Pacific, Modi also said that in order to strengthen the rules-based world order, the international community must speak in unison
As part of the celebrations, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya requested people to get themselves vaccinated and also help others to receive their jab