New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases in the country crossed 3 lakh-mark, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday expressed confidence, saying the corona crisis will not last long and will end soon. Also Read - With 24,248 New COVID-19 Cases, India Inches Close to 7-lakh Mark | Top Developments
While addressing the ‘Gujarat Jan Samvad’ rally through video conference, the Union Minister expressed hope that a vaccine to treat the health condition will be available soon as scientists of India and other countries are working in this regard day and night. Also Read - What is Bubonic Plague or Black Death, How Fatal is it?
“The corona crisis will not last long. Our scientists and scientists in other countries are working day and night to develop the vaccine. I am confident that we will get the vaccine very soon,” Gadkari said at the ‘Gujarat Jan Samvad’ rally via video conference. Also Read - Is Coronavirus Airborne? Here's What 239 Scientists Told WHO
The statement from the Union Minister came on a day when the country witnessed the highest single-day spike of 11,929 novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the number of infections to 3,20,922 on Sunday. The death toll went up by 311 to 9,195.
Notably, this is the third day in a row that there were more than 10,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India, which is the fourth worst-hit nation by the pandemic.
The Health Ministry said that there are 1,49,348 active COVID-19 cases, while 1,62,378 people have recovered and a patient has migrated.
The Union Minister also said that India is not interested in land of Pakistan or China but wanted peace and amity. He said India believed in peace and non-violence and do not want to be strong by becoming an expansionist.
“India never tried to grab land of its neighbours like Bhutan and Bangladesh,” he added. “India does not want land of either Pakistan or China. All India want is peace, amity, love, and (want) to work together (with neighbouring countries),” Gadkari said.
His comments came at a time when India and China are engaged in a stand-off at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
Talking about the completion of one year of the second term of the Modi government, Gadkari said its biggest achievement was to bring peace in the country by dealing with matters of internal and external security.
As per the Union Health ministry, India saw the highest single-day spike of 11,929 novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the number of infections to over 3.20 lakh on Sunday, while the toll crossed the 9,000 mark with 311 more deaths.
However, the number of recoveries are more than the active cases as 50.60 per cent of the patients have recovered so far.