With India grappling with the second wave of COVID-19, PM Narendra Modi Tuesday emphasised that lockdown should be the last resort and urged the state governments to focus more on micro-containment zones. His address to the nation came on a day the country reported a record 1,761 deaths in the last 24 hours.

In his speech, the Prime Minister said states must allay the concerns of migrant workers by assuring them of their jobs. He also asked the states to inform the migrants that they will be vaccinated in the next few days. His address to the nation came just hours after the Prime Minister held a meeting with vaccine manufacturers via video conference and asked them to scale up production capacity to vaccinate all citizens in the shortest possible time.

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With Covid cases spreading at an alarming rate, the Prime Minister has been chairing a flurry of meetings with various stakeholders in order to tackle the situation. On Monday, he met the country’s leading doctors and top pharma companies to discuss the situation. Shortly after that, the Centre announced all adults will be eligible for vaccines from May 1.

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