Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in India Today, Covid-19 Vaccine Live Tracker, Unlock LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the nation at 5 pm today. This will his ninth national broadcast since the coronavirus pandemic began. While the single line tweet by the PMO didn’t specify what will be on the PM’s agenda, many are linking it to the unlock phase that several states began today. National Capital Delhi and states such as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are seeing gradual reopening of the markets, malls, gyms etc. While resuming the economic activities will help the nation, the problem lies in the intertwined cycle of relaxing the corona lockdowns and rise in the Covid cases. We saw a similar surge right after restrictions were eased in October last year. Same was the case in January and February. In early March, the Centre was so confident about beating the coronavirus that the Union Health Minister had said that India was in Covid endgame. Then came the brutal second wave.
The experts have sounded cautious as India still has not vaccinated enough people. As of today, less than 4% of the total population has got both the doses of the Covid vaccine. While the corona tally shows that the worst is over, but the past track record show otherwise. So has India finally learnt the lesson from the horrors of the second wave of coronavirus and ready for a calibrated unlock? The jury is out. So, is PM going to warn us about the inevitable third wave? Will he announce a new road map? As the nation waits with bated breath for PM Modi’s national broadcast, here are the latest updates from India and around the world: