Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on April 20. He expressed concern over the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. He said, the challenge before the country is big but countrymen have to overcome it with resolve, courage and preparation. "We are facing the second wave of COVID-19 now. I understand the pain you are going through and express my sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones due to COVID. The challenge before is big but we have to overcome it with our resolve, courage and preparation," he said. The Prime Minister said that the demand for oxygen has increased in many parts of the country. "The Centre, state govts, private sector are trying to make oxygen available to all those who are in need of it. Many steps are being taken in this direction," the PM said. "Work is on to increase the number of beds in hospitals. In some cities, large COVID-19 dedicated hospitals are being built", the PM added.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij took a jibe at Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi after he tested positive for COVID-19. He said that if Gandhi finds difficulty in getting space in Delhi hospitals, he can come to Haryana and the State Government will give him better treatment. "The day COVID started, Rahul Gandhi has been passing various statements. Now he has tested positive for COVID-19. If he finds difficulty in getting space in Delhi, he can come to Haryana. We will give him better treatment," he said.
Workers of Delhi Youth Congress wing on April 20 distributed food and water to migrant workers at New Delhi Railway Station. They were seen carrying their belongings as they started their journey from the national capital towards their hometown. The migrant workers started mass exodus hours after Delhi Government announced weeklong lockdown to break the chain of COVID-19. Delhi reported over 23,000 fresh COVID-19 cases on April 19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting via video conference with leading vaccine manufacturers on April 20. Top vaccine manufacturers from India and abroad attended the meeting. Companies whose COVID-19 vaccines have already been approved by the government have also participated in the meeting. On April 19, PM Modi held discussion with top doctors and representatives of country's pharmaceutical industry.
A World Health Organisation team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday visited a market known to be the food distribution centre for the Chinese city of Wuhan during the 76-day..
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