Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday showed show gratitude to health workers at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country by clapping and beating bells.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address to the nation on Thursday, had asked citizens to boost the morale of doctors, nurses and emergency workers by appearing on their balconies and porches at 5 pm on March 22 (Sunday) and making as much noise as they could for five minutes.
While Chief Minister Patnaik clapped and beat bell in solidarity with healthcare professionals at Naveen Niwas here Union Minister Pradhan along with his family members beat bells at his New Delhi residence in solidarity with the doctors and health workers who are at the forefront to combat the virus.
“Deep gratitude to millions of frontline warriors working relentlessly to contain #COVID19. I clap for all the doctors, nurses, health and sanitation workers, transport personnel, policemen, media persons & people providing basic necessities as partners to knockdown the pandemic,” tweeted Patnaik.
Pradhan also took to the twitter to express his gratitude. “Joined my countrymen in expressing gratitude to all those people fighting for us, fighting to contain the #COVID19outbreak, fighting to keep the country running. Thank PM Sh. @narendramodi for making the country come together in these testing times,” tweeted Pradhan.