New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Singh on Saturday said that people let their guard down after coronavirus cases declined earlier this year which led to the origin of the even severe second wave of the novel virus across the country.
He said that everyone, including people from various industries and corporate houses, and political leaders holding office, could start chain by emulating the exercise, eventually amplifying the Jan Andolan to protect everyone from COVID-19 through Covid appropriate behaviour.
"The government worked round the clock to stop COVID-19 last year. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, we were immensely successful in decreasing the active caseload to a minimum."
"However, with the arrival of vaccines early this year and things returning to normal, people gradually invited laxity in their adherence to the simple code of Covid appropriate behaviour. While the virus mutated and evolved, we let our guard down. All this compounded in the spike in cases, snowballing into the second wave," Mr Vardhan was quoted as saying in the statement.
Explaining the importance of the event, he said, "With many corners of India gradually moving towards unlock from the second wave, we cannot afford laxity and any further increase in cases again."
In an appeal, the Health Minister also said that we should ensure that all of us have adequate masks, that masks are properly worn.
Mr Singh also highlighted that vaccination is an integral part of India's fight against Covid-19. He appealed all the eligible adults to take the jab at the soonest and be the part of Jan Andolan.