Second Covid-19 wave testing Indias capacity to bear pain: Modi

COVID-19 Storm Has Shaken Country Testing Patience PM On'Mann Ki Baat

"Many of our near and dear ones have left us untimely".

Addressing a ceremony on Panchayati Raj Diwas during which Modi launched the distribution of e-property cards under the 'SWAMITVA scheme, he said the pandemic was prevented from affecting rural areas previous year and exuded confidence that the success can be replicated as local leadership now have experience as well as knowledge.

India, a country of 1.3 billion people, has recorded a total of 16.96 million infections and 192,311 coronavirus deaths, after 2,767 more died overnight, health ministry data showed. "After successfully tackling the first wave of Covid-19, the country's morale was high but this storm has shaken the country", he said.

As India reports the biggest surge of Covid-19 cases globally, Bloomberg reports that the bullish view about the country's economic recovery is looking increasingly in doubt.

The Prime Minister conceded that the second wave is "testing our patience". Take advice from doctors on the phone.

Coronavirus: Why India is shattering global infection records
Modi said in an address to the nation on Tuesday night that "all efforts are being made" to boost supplies. It said if nothing was done, then "we are heading for a bigger disaster". "Oxygen demand has increased".

The newspaper said V.K. Paul, a COVID-19 task force leader, made the presentation during a meeting with Modi and state chief ministers and said the health infrastructure in heavily populated states is not adequate to cope. Prime Minister also noted the impact of scheme in six states - Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and select villages of Punjab and Rajasthan, in just a year after it was launched on April 24 last year.

The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine maker, this month urged President Joe Biden to lift the block on exports of raw materials that is hampering its ability to ramp up vaccine production. The Government of India is fully engaged in taking forward the efforts of the state governments. "I once again urge all of you to get vaccinated and to take full care", said Modi on Sunday. "I appeal also to the states to extend the benefit of this free vaccine campaign of the government of India to maximum number of the people of their state". "From May 1, vaccines will be available for every person above 18 years of age", he said.

He asked the corporate sector to pitch in with vaccination.

"The Centre's free vaccination prog of GoI is now underway and will continue in the future".

The Prime Minister also assured that the Centre is working in tandem with states to help get through the second wave.

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