PM Narendra Modi to address the nation at 5 pm today: What we can expect?

In what would become a key address amid reeling toward witnessing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation at 5 pm on Monday. His address would be unfolded at the backdrop of India's lowest single-day reporting of Covid cases for the first time in two months. 

In a tweet, the Prime Minister's Office wrote, "Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address the nation at 5 pm today, 7th June." According to reports, the Prime Minister will be speaking about the Union government's vaccination policy, which was slammed by various states and health experts over its flawed progress. 

The state governments have failed in procuring Covid vaccines from the international makers as they were pressed that they would sell the vaccines directly to the Union government. It has also been expected that the Prime Minister will speak about the lockdowns in several states and efforts taken by the Center in battling the second wave of the pandemic. 

The COVID-19 cases are sharply declining for the past few days after witnessing a horrendous surge for the past few months. According to the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 1.06 lakh new cases in the last 24 hours till 8 am on Monday, the country's lowest daily rise in almost two months. The death toll due to the pandemic had reached 3,49,186 with 2,427 new fatalities, the lowest in around 45 days. 

On Sunday, India had conducted 15,87,589 tests which took the total tests to 36,63,34,111 and as per the ministry, the daily positivity rate was recorded at 6.34 per cent. It has been less than 10 per cent for 14 consecutive days, the ministry said. India is at the state that it will likely be witnessing the third wave of the pandemic from September. With a warning that the third wave could target the younger population, the experts had urged the Center to increase the vaccinations.