Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday apologized to the nation for taking harsh steps amid coronavirus outbreak. During monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat, PM Narendra Modi said, “I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people. I know some of you would be angry with me also. But these tough measures were needed to win this battle.”
Adding, he said that “The battle against COVID-19 is a tough one and it did require such harsh decisions. It is important to keep the people of India safe.”
He also said that he understands that no one wants to break rules deliberately, but there are some people who are doing so. “To them, I will say that if they don’t follow this lockdown, it will be difficult to protect ourselves from the danger of Coronavirus,” he added.
Furthermore, PM Modi said that there are many soldiers who are fighting Coronavirus, not from their homes but from outside their homes. “These are our front line soldiers-especially our brothers and sisters on duty as nurses, doctors, and paramedical staff,” he said. He also said that “I was extremely hurt when I came to know that some people are misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. We need to be sensitive and understanding. Increase social distancing but reduce emotional distancing.”
Meanwhile, PM interacted with Ashok Kapoor of Agra who along with his entire family (6 people) tested positive for COVID 19 but all have now fully recovered. Kapoor told PM Modi that “Thankful to authorities and staff in Agra. I am equally grateful to hospital authorities in Delhi. The doctors were prompt.”