In his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat”, he referred to reports of discrimination against coronavirus patients and those under quarantine amid rising number of cases across India. “It is not fair to discriminate against those under quarantine… they are taking precautions,” PM Modi said, addressing the nation.
“Social distancing is not about ending social interaction… This is the time to infuse new life in your relationships…. Increase social distance but decrease emotional or human distance,” he added.
A nationwide lockdown was announced by PM Modi on Tuesday to control COVID-19 pandemic that has infected over half a million people in the world. In India, more than 970 have contracted the infection so far, at least 25 people have died. The illness spreads fast in crowded places.