‘Lockdown should be last resort’: PM Modi urges states in address to nation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to nation on Tuesday night came on a day India witnessed its sixth straight rise of more than 200,000 new Covid-19 cases, since topping the mark for the first time on April 15.

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 09:09 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the nation, amid a steep rise in the country’s daily cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), remarking that there was a need to prevent the country from entering another lockdown.

PM Modi’s address, at 8:45pm on Tuesday, came on a day India witnessed its sixth straight rise of more than 200,000 new Covid-19 cases, since topping the mark for the first time on April 15, as 259,170 fresh infections were detected across the country in the previous 24 hours, as per the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday morning. There were 1,761 deaths as well, the highest in a single-day. The infection tally currently stands at 15,321,089 including more than 13 million recoveries, over two million active cases and 180,530 deaths.

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