NEW DELHI: Urging people not to lower their guard, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said coronavirus is still as fatal as it was in the beginning when the contagion appeared on the global scene.
During his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’, he urged citizens to take a pledge of freedom from the pandemic on August 15 and also resolve for self-reliant India on the lines of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ he had announced. His message comes at a time when curbs are easing and it is being felt that the public at large is becoming slack in observing social distancing and use of masks and cases of infection are rising.
Modi said the hazards of coronavirus are far from over and at many places it is spreading fast. “We need to be extra vigilant. We have to bear in mind that corona is as fatal today as it was in the beginning — that’s why we have to be fully cautions,” he said.
Modi will on Monday launch “high throughput” Covid-19 testing facilities in three locations via video conferencing. This comes as India aims to ramp up collective coronavirus testing capacity to 10 lakh tests per day.
“High throughput” research refers to automation of experiments where largescale repetitions are made feasible. These facilities will not only ramp up testing capacity but also strengthen early detection and treatment of coronavirus, which is expected to assist the country in controlling the spread of the pandemic. The three high-throughput testing facilities to be launched by the PM have been set up strategically at ICMR’s centres in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata.