'Prepare or suffer': CDS Gen Rawat's warning on Covid-19 battle

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'Prepare or suffer': CDS Gen Rawat's warning on Covid-19 battle

Apr 03, 2020 14:03 IST

India's Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat believes that India must break the Covid-19 virus chain by April 14, through the lockdown and social distancing, or be prepared to deal with the long-term consequences of the pandemic. In a phone interview with the Hindustan Times, General Rawat said, the military dictum is ‘prepare or perish’, but in these times he has refined it to ‘prepare or suffer’. Rawat said the military is totally prepared to stand up to the demands made by government and the people. The army, navy and air force have moved into action by dedicating 17-18 hospitals to care for the infected, and the total bed capacity in the forces has been ramped up to 15,000 so far.

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