New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office has tweeted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the COVID-19 situation at 8.45 pm on April 20.
Prime Minister @narendramodi will address the nation on the COVID-19 situation at 8:45 this evening.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 20, 2021
India is witnessing a significant surge in COVID-19 cases as reports of hospitals struggling to offer care to patients come in.
On April 19, Monday, the Modi government opened up the vaccination drive to those above 18 but also said that private vaccine producers will be free to determine the price.
Beginning with the demonetisation move, Modi’s addresses to the nation have often proven significant and sudden. The addresses are usually preceded by tweets from his accounts, which often lead to pitched speculation on their subjects.
Modi has addressed the nation a number of times during the COVID-19 crisis. The most significant of them, on March 24, was the announcement of the nationwide lockdown.
With just four hours to go, the prime minister’s one-way missive had resulted in immediate chaos and an exodus among migrants that lasted for the next two months.