NEW DELHI 

India’s prime minister on Sunday publicly apologized for the difficulties caused by his government’s recent “harsh steps” to stem the novel coronavirus.

In his monthly address to the nation, Narendra Modi apologized for the hardships faced during the 21-day lockdown.

Modi underlined that the most affected and vulnerable during the lockdown were marginalized people stranded on the state borders of Delhi trying to get back to their villages.

“The battle with coronavirus is difficult and requires harsh decisions. I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor. I know some

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