#MannKiBaat: Masks will become the new normal, says Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in the 64th edition of his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" at 11 am on Sunday amid the countrywide coronavirus lockdown.

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He said usage of face mask will emerge as a new symbol of civilised society.

The Prime Minister said from arranging food for the needy, to supply of rations, compliance of lockdown, from arrangements in hospitals to manufacturing medical equipments indigenously, entire nation is marching ahead together. "If you want to protect yourselves and others from the disease, the use of a mask is important", PM Narendra Modi. "These people are of vast help at the local level in preparing Crisis Management Plans and implementing them", he said, inviting people to join covidwarriors.gov.in and be a Covid warrior in the service of the country.

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The prime minister concluded his address with an appeal to the people to take necessary precautions "We can not think that the disease will not affect the places where we live and work", he said. "Some are making masks; at places, our construction workers are whitewashing and painting schools meant for their quarantine stay". Masks have become a part of life due to Coronavirus. In this regard, he referred to the bad habit of spitting in public. "Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, the government is directly transferring cash into their accounts", he said.

"This is the time for more intense prayers and spiritualism so that the disease makes itself scarce by the time of upcoming Eid so that the festival is celebrated with gaiety and fervour", Modi said. "When the entire world is battling this pandemic, in futurem whenever this war with pandemic will be discussed, its events recalled, I am sure that this people-driven war of India will be surely discussed", the Prime Minister further said.

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, PM Modi asserted that he has been getting several insightful inputs for this month's Mann Ki Baat. Whether they are household helps, common workers who fulfill our various needs or personnel working in shops nearby - we are realising what a major role they play in our lives. Mr Modi said, it has been our misfortune that we always refuse to acknowledge our own strengths and glorious traditions. The World Health Organization has also busted some myths surrounding coronavirus.

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