New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (May 21) got emotional while speaking about the lives lost due to COVID-19. 

“The effect of the pandemic has been so vast that despite all efforts, numerous lives were lost,” the PM said in a visibly emotional state. 

Addressing the doctors and paramedical staff of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, PM Modi lauded their efforts in battling COVID-19. 

He said that it is “going to be a long fight” against the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed on preparing to deal with black fungus infection. 

“You have contained the virus significantly but there should be no complacency as it is going to be a long fight,” he told the frontline health workers at a virtual conference.

“In our ongoing fight against COVID-19, a new challenge of Black fungus has surfaced. We must focus on taking precaution and preparation to deal with it,” the PM added. 

He praised Varanasi and said it has Varanasi has set a great example by the way it has equipped Pandit Rajan Mishra COVID hospital and increased the number of oxygen beds and ICU beds in the city, in such a short span of time.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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