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Saturday, December 25, 2021

PM Shri Narendra Modi ji addresses Nation on Covid care and Vaccination

 The dreaded Corona virus – Covid 19 is not yet a thing of the past, but it may appear that we have lowered the guard, seeing the crowds and the way people behave everywhere.  From news scrolls and breaking news, Covid statistics have all but vanished from media and more from people minds but yet, globally -  

there are 27,88,91,403 people affected – USA has the highest share 5,19,96,634 / 8,14,792 deaths; while India has 3,47,79,815 /4,79,520; Brazil 2,22,34,623/ 6,18,655; United Kingdom 1,18,91,292/1,47,857 .. .. the new cases per day present a different picture .. globally it is 747656.. .. USA 184074; United Kingdom 121371 while it is 7189 in India,  thanks to the efforts of the Govt of India and our Honble Prime Minister. 

Within the country, after Maharashtra, Kerala is showing up to be the worst managed State with numbers being :  Maharashtra 6654755/141404; Kerala 5230891/ 46203; Karnataka 3003969/ 38305; Tamil Nadu 2742821 / 36714; Andhra Pradesh 2076306 / 14488; 

As experts warned that of the Covid-19 cases related to the Omicron strain may increase if public gathered in large numbers during festivals, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin urged people to avoid crowding and follow Covid-19 protocols.  With Tamil Nadu reporting 34 cases of Omicron variant so far and considering Christmas and New Year celebrations besides the harvest festival of Pongal next month, Stalin held a meeting of medical, public health experts and top officials at the Secretariat. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Friday issued a fresh set of comprehensive guidelines following the emergence of Omicron strain of the coronavirus and said that the norms should be strictly adhered to.   

A few minutes ago, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji addressed the nation amid Omicron threat and announced vaccination for children in the age of 15-18 years will begin from January 3, 2022.  

India will start vaccinating children between the ages of 15 to 18 from January 3 next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a sudden address to the nation tonight. Healthcare and frontline workers will be provided with "precautionary doses" from January 10 next year, he added. People above 60 years of age who have co-morbidities will also have the option to take the booster dose on a recommendation from doctors. This will also start from January 10.  

The Prime Minister said that as people prepare to welcome the new year with hope and celebration, it's also a time to be careful as the highly contagious Omicron variant is rapidly pushing up Covid infections. He appealed to the people not to panic but be careful and alert. "Use masks and wash hands regularly," he said.  PM Modi assured the citizens that all possible preparations are in order to tackle increasing infections. He listed the number of hospital beds, oxygen beds available, and vaccination progress.  

"Covid isn't past us yet. Being careful is very important," PM Modi said.  "Today, the nation has 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen-supported beds, 1.4 lakh ICU beds, and 90,000 special beds for children. Today, we have over 3,000 functional PSA Oxygen plants and 4 lakh Oxygen cylinders have been provided to all states," he said.  "Apart from research on the vaccine, we were also working on approval processes, supply chains, distribution, training, IT support system, and certification. With these efforts, India started vaccinating its citizens on January 16 this year," he said. 

So don’t be panic, be cautious, be judicious, do not crowd at places .. ..

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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