In his monthly radio program "Mann ki Baat", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday apologised for the unprecedented 21-day nationwide lockdown saying harsh steps had to be taken to curb the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease from spreading in the country. "Assuring people during his monthly radio address, 'Mann Ki Baat", that India would win this war against coronavirus, Modi, however, sought utmost cooperation from them, asking for strictly adhering to the lockdown guidelines as it would be the only way to save them and their family members. I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people.
The prime minister once again urged all to stay inside their homes and asked those breaking the lockdown rules to follow them religiously as by not doing so, they will be risking their own lives.
"During the last few days, I have spoken to many people over the phone, to boost their zeal, in turn, they have increased my enthusiasm too", he said, while adding that we all should learn from their experiences. "You had to undergo problems I understand but there is no other way out to fight the coronavirus", he said. "(We will meet for Mann Ki Baat once again next month and by then, we would have won the war against Corona)", he concluded. "Possibly, many would be angry at me for being locked in their homes.", the PM said.
He also interacted with the Agra family who had tested positive for coronavirus but recovered.
Modi also hailed the medical professionals and those working to ensure essential services are running as the "frontline soldiers" in the battle against the COVID-19. "We have to maintain social distance, not emotional and human distance".
"It is not fair to discriminate against those under quarantine. they are taking precautions". The doctors during interaction with PM Modi spoke about importance of home quarantine, self isolation and efforts which were being made to fight the pandemic across the country. "Social distancing doesn't mean stopping social interaction".