Anand Mahindra was reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sentiment that people should continue being careful, despite the lockdown being lifted.
Industrialist Anand Mahindra has encouraged people to “be stubborn” and continue wearing masks and maintaining social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.He tweeted: “Storms lose where boats stand stubborn (translated). Enjoy the festival season. But be ziddi (stubborn)… wear a mask, maintain you social distance…And one day soon, our boats will find safe habour…”
“Wahan tufan bhi haar jaatey hain, Jahan kashtiyan zidd pe hoti hain.” Enjoy the festival season. But be ziddi... wear a mask, maintain your social distance...And one day soon, our boats will find safe harbour... https://t.co/vaJqFOvnPL
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) October 20, 2020
Mahindra was reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sentiment that people should continue being careful, despite the lockdown being lifted.
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PM Modi in his address to the nation at 6 pm on October 20 warned citizens against complacency in fighting COVID-19 ahead of festival season. In the speech that lasted 12 minutes, the PM said that the lockdown may be over, but the virus persisted in India.
“We need not forget that the lockdown is over but the Coronavius is still there. This is not the time to think it is over. We have seen videos in last few days that show that people are being careless. If you are being careless and going out of homes without masks, you are putting your lives and the lives of your families in danger,” he said.
The PM further added that the fight against COVID-19 cannot be won without a vaccine, adding that all countries are working on “war-footing” to make the vaccine. “Our government is preparing to make vaccine accessible to every Indian as soon as it is made available,” he stated.
Appealing to people with folded hands, he said: "I pray to all of you, I want to see all of you safe and your families happy. I want to see festivals bring cheer in your lives.”Follow our full COVID-19 coverage here