India celebrated its 74th Independence Day on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic with the revelries and crowds lacking as state leaders urged folks to not concern the illness and referred to as for a mass consciousness motion to fight it.
Official celebrations in most states had been restricted to unfurling of the nationwide flag and chief ministers and governors addressing the folks, with fewer visitors in attendance.
In Maharashtra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray mentioned the federal government has began the method of unlocking the state “cautiously in a staggered method”, Thackeray additionally famous that Maharashtra has elevated Covid-19 exams on a “large scale”.
He additional noticed that faculties couldn’t be reopened within the state because of the Covid menace, however the authorities took steps to see training is being imparted to college students via Google Classroom initiative. The chief minister hailed Covid-19 warriors, akin to docs, nurses, policemen and others for and in addition extolled cops who’ve been introduced the Presidents Medal and bravado awards.
In Kolkata, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee exuded confidence that the nation will overcome the problem posed by coronavirus. Only some ministers and authorities officers had been current on the occasion.
A music composed by her – ‘Corona chole jabe ek din, COVID joddhader mone rekho’ (coronavirus shall be defeated at some point, however bear in mind the COVID warriors) – performed within the background through the felicitation.
Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa, who not too long ago recovered from Covid, requested folks to not be afraid of the illness.
“I too was contaminated with coronavirus, and I’ve absolutely recovered. I wish to ship a message on this event that the folks needn’t fear or be afraid of this an infection,” he mentioned.
In Uttar Pradesh, CM Yogi Adityanath remembered Mahatma Gandhi and different freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for India’s independence.