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Punjabi Diary: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India 'shaken' by coronavirus storm

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mann Ki Baat Source: Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all citizens to be vaccinated and exercise caution during his monthly radio address 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday. Tune into this podcast for a weekly update on the coronavirus situation in India.

The prime minister said the “storm” of infections has shaken India as a deadly second wave of coronavirus sweeps the country. 

"We were confident, our spirits were up after successfully tackling the first wave, but this storm has shaken the nation," Mr Modi said in a radio address on Sunday.

He also spoke to several frontline workers of the country who offered an insight into the current situation.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has announced a night curfew - from 6 pm to 5 am during week days - and a weekend lockdown - from 6 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday - to contain the rapidly increasing number of infections in the northern state. 

Over 17 million people in India have contracted coronavirus. Hospitals in New Delhi and across the country are turning away patients after running out of oxygen and beds.

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