Indian Prime Minister Modi: No nationwide blockade will be implemented in response to the second wave of COVID-19

  Xinhua News Agency, New Delhi, April 20 (Reporter Hu Xiaoming) Indian Prime Minister Modi made a televised speech on the evening of the 20th, saying that India is currently fighting the second wave of the new crown epidemic, but will not implement a blockade across the country.

  Modi said that the blockade is only a last resort and "should be avoided as much as possible."

The current situation of the epidemic is different from last year, and it should be ensured that the economy is not affected.

"This is a huge challenge, but we must work together to overcome this challenge."

  Modi said the government is working hard to ensure the production and supply of medical oxygen.

He called on the public not to panic, strictly abide by the new crown epidemic prevention regulations, and not to go out in non-emergency situations.

  As the new crown epidemic continues to worsen, many places such as the Indian capital New Delhi and Maharashtra have reported shortages of medical resources such as hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines, and tightened epidemic prevention and control measures.

The Indian government has decided to import 50,000 tons of medical oxygen and open a special train to transport medical oxygen.

  The number of newly diagnosed new crown cases in India in a single day has recently hit a record high. This month, it has soared from 100,000 to 200,000 cases in just 10 days.

Data released by the Ministry of Health of India on the 20th showed that compared with the previous day, there were 259,170 new confirmed cases of new crown in the country, with a total of 15,321,089 confirmed cases; 1761 new deaths and a total of 180,530 deaths.