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Individual alertness, discipline ‘big strength’ of country in fight against new Covid variant: PM

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New Delhi:  Amid rising Covid cases linked to Omicron, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said individual alertness and discipline are a big strength of the country in the fight against the new variant of coronavirus.

In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast, Modi said India has done an “unprecedented” work in its inoculation drive if its vaccination numbers are compared with global figures. He, however, also asked people to maintain caution against the new variant of the virus.

“This new Omicron variant is being constantly reviewed by our scientists. Every day they are getting new data and steps are being taken based on their suggestions,” Modi said.

Individual alertness and discipline are a “big strength” of the country in the fight against the new variant of coronavirus, he said.

Our experience of the last two years is that our own effort as a citizen is very important to defeat this global pandemic, he added.

“It is our collective strength which will defeat corona. We have to enter 2022 with this sense of responsibility,” the prime minister said.

“Crossing the 140 million vaccine doses is an achievement of each and every Indian. This shows the trust of every Indian in the system; shows trust in science and in scientists; and is also a testament to the willpower of we Indians who are fulfilling our responsibilities towards the society,” he added.

Modi on Saturday had announced that vaccination against COVID-19 for children between 15 and 18 years will start from January 03, while “precaution dose” for healthcare and frontline workers would be administered from January 10.

He had also said the precaution dose will also be available for citizens above 60 years of age and those with comorbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10 next year.

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