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President Kovind urges people to follow COVID safety norms, says pandemic not over


President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday addressed the nation on the eve of the 75th Independence Day and appealed to people to follow COVID-19 related safety guidelines while asserting that the pandemic is not over.

The President said, “The second wave brought our public healthcare infrastructure under stress. The reality is that no infrastructure, even of advanced economies, could withstand a crisis of such enormous proportions. Efforts were made on war-footing to plug the gaps.”

He added, “Due to these efforts, the nation breathes a sigh of relief with the return of a semblance of normalcy. If we have learned our lessons well, we know that this is the time of extra care and caution. We shall not let our guard down.”

Best possible protection

President Kovind said vaccines are the best possible protection that science has offered against the pandemic and urged people to get vaccinated to support the country in the fight against the deadly virus. So far, 53.61 crore doses of the vaccines have been administered in the country. Of it 63.80 lakh people were administered the vaccines on Friday. The President also spoke about the “disastrous” health and economic impact of the pandemic while enumerating the steps taken by the Centre.

Climate change

The President also spoke about climate change saying that it has become a reality of life. He said that India is not only adhering to the Paris climate accord, but is doing more than it has committed to protecting the climate.

“The world desperately needs a course correction. This is why the world is increasingly turning to the wisdom of India, as created by the authors of the Vedas and Upanishads, as depicted in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, as taught by Lord Mahavira, Lord Buddha and Guru Nanak and as reflected in the lives of the likes of Mahatma Gandhi,” President Kovind said.


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