Amid the second wave of coronavirus in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the shortage of oxygen cylinders has come across as a major problem. He also said that there would be no need for lockdown in India if the youngsters take responsibility.
He said that India is facing the second wave of coronavirus now. "I understand the pain you are going through and express my sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19."
PM Narendra Modi added that the challenge before was big but we had to overcome it with our resolve, courage, and preparation. He further said that "we need to save India from lockdown." He advised the state governments to consider lockdown as the last option and focus creating on micro containment zones.
The demand for oxygen has increased in many parts of the country, he said, adding that the Centre, state govt, private sector were trying to make oxygen available to all those who are in need of it. Many steps are being taken in this direction, he said.
He further said that work was on to increase the number of beds in hospitals. In some cities, large COVID-19 dedicated hospitals were being built.
India with two 'made in India' vaccines started the world's largest vaccination program, he said. Furthermore, he informed that "Till now, more than 12 crore vaccine doses have been administered. From 1st May, those above the age of 18 years can be vaccinated."
He said that the shortage of oxygen cylinders has come across as a major problem while all stakeholders have been working collectively to meet this challenge.
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