Lockdown should be the last option: PM Narendra Modi

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Lockdown should be the last option: PM Narendra Modi (Screengrab from PM Modi's video)
Lockdown should be the last option: PM Narendra Modi (Screengrab from PM Modi's video)

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday tweeted that he will be addressing the nation and speculations of nationwide lockdown started brewing, but soon in his address he confirmed that this should be the last option in our fight against coronavirus.

He also asked people to go for self-discipline to fight against coronavirus and urged them to step out only when it is necessary.

"In a situation like today, we have to save the country from a lockdown. If you all work together, create awareness then there is no need for containment, never mind a lockdown. I appeal to states that they should use the lockdown as the last resort - our focus should be micro-containment zones. We will take care of economic health as well as the health of countrymen," PM Modi said in his address to the nation, making it clear that a nationwide lockdown was off the table for now.

"Our effort is to save lives. But the impact on economic activities and livelihoods should also be as less as possible."

He also mentioned about the concerns from states over shortage of oxygen, beds and vaccines in the nation. 

"Centre is committed towards saving lives of people," he mentioned.

"You must step out only if necessary. I assure you, the nation won't spare any effort to resolve today's crisis."

Hours before he addressed nation, private hospitals in Delhi reported that they are left with few hours of oxygen supply.

"The oxygen demand has increased. We are working with speed and sensitivity to ensure oxygen to all those who need it. The centre, states and private companies, all are working together," he said.

India on Tuesday reported around 2.59 lakh cases and 1761 deaths due to coronavirus infection in a single day.