Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu called the Tablighi Jamaat episode an avoidable aberration and an eye-opener to others
Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu called the Tablighi Jamaat episode an avoidable aberration and an eye-opener to others|File image
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Next week critical for deciding on exit from COVID-19 lockdown: VP

Data regarding extent and rate of spread of coronavirus infection will have a bearing on exit strategy from national lockdown, says Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

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New Delhi: Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu in his assessment of the completion of two weeks of lockdown and the way forward on Tuesday opined that the next week will be critical for deciding on the exit from the present nationwide restrictions in force from March 25.

He said that the data regarding the extent and rate of spread of virus infection will have a bearing on the exit strategy.

He said, "The Prime Minister and chief ministers have started consultations on the exit from the present lockdown. I am certain that they will come out with the best possible solution in the context of the extent and rate of spread of this killer virus in different parts of the country," adding that concerns about the health of people shall take precedence over that of stabilisation of economy.

Recalling the overwhelming response received for Janata Curfew on March 22, the nationwide lockdown since March 25 and lighting of candles on April 5, the Vice President said, "The people of our country have so far demonstrated a very high degree of resoluteness in the true spirit of spirituality to collectively fight the challenge in the interest of all."

Naidu called the Tablighi Jamaat an avoidable aberration and an eye-opener to others. "This avoidable episode highlighted the consequences of any slip by way of violating the rules of social and physical distancing to contain the spread of virus," he said.

The Vice President urged the global community to draw right lessons from the present crisis to effectively face the next imminent one by addressing the inadequacies in respect of effectiveness of institutions, infrastructure, information sharing, internal cooperation and individual actions.

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