Modi said that doctors and medical professionals are 'incarnations of God' during these tough times.
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday wrote a four-page letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extended her party's full cooperation in the nationwide lockdown, but demanded protection aid/equipment to medics and health workers and implement its proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay scheme) to contain the economic distress, agencies reported. Modi was interacting with the people of his constituency in Varanasi while addressing the nation as well.
The prime minister also called for ushering in a new globalisation for collective well being of entire humankind, noting that medical research should be freely and openly available for all countries, government sources said.
The comments came amid reports from different parts of the country that some gated residential societies and landlords were harassing doctors, nurses and airlines crew and asking them to vacate the premises. Reportedly, house owners and neighbours asked many doctors to vacate from their homes. "The battle of the Mahabharat was won in 18 days but this war against the corona will take 21 days. Social distancing is most important to fight against coronavirus because there are no medicines or vaccines", said Modi. India is now on a three week lockdown till mid-April as a measure to curb spread of the deadly Coronavirus.
Women in India spend almost six hours a day in unpaid work - or about seven times more than men do, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Pedestrians walk along near-empty roads during a lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Health ministry official Lav Agarwal told a briefing yesterday that the rate of increase in confirmed cases was falling, but he stressed that "the situation is evolving, we can not begin to take the situation in a relaxed way".
In his remarks, Modi noted the alarming social and economic cost of the pandemic, adding that 90 per cent of the COVID-19 cases and 88 per cent of deaths were in G20 countries.
We need your continued support to enable us work towards Changing Attitudes towards Disability.
"We do not want anyone to remain hungry so we will be giving enough to take care of their food grains requirement and protein requirements in terms of pulses", the minister said.