Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Uttar Pradesh, with a population size the same as four European countries badly hit by the coronavirus, had only a fraction of their death count because of its singular efforts in fighting the deadly contagion.
“But death is death, and every life matters and it is sad that any lives were lost, be it in India or elsewhere in the world.”
“Yogiji understood the seriousness of the situation and instead of complaining and worrying, he and his team went on a war footing to ensure that 240 million people could be safe and control the spread of the disease as much as possible. When his father passed away recently, Yogiji put the people of Uttar Pradesh above his personal loss and continued to work to ensure that hospitals, beds, and other facilities like testing centres were opened,” PM Modi said.
“Till such time that we don’t get a vaccine for coronavirus, the only way to stop it from infecting us is to maintain good personal hygiene, wash our hands with soap regularly, cover our mouths with a mask when we go out of our homes and most importantly, maintain Do Gaz Doori (six-foot distance),” PM Modi said, holding up his stole as an example of a makeshift mask.