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Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished people on the occasion of Easter and prayed that the day gives strength to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of Easter. We remember the noble thoughts of Lord Christ, especially his unwavering commitment to empowering the poor and needy. May this Easter give us added strength to successfully overcome COVID-19 and create a healthier planet," the Prime Minister tweeted.

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The Prime Minister's wishes came when the total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus in India climbed to 8,356, with 909 fresh cases and 34 new deaths in the last 24 hours as per the Union Health Ministry data.

"Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Easter. May this festival bring us joy, health and happiness. Also, on this day, let us reaffirm our collective resolve to overcome the challenge posed by COVID-19," said President Ram Nath Kovind.

Similarly, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to twitter and wished on the occasion.

Easter marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion on Good Friday. It also marks the culmination of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and penance.

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Pope Francis broke with centuries of tradition and livestreamed Easter Sunday mass to allow the world to celebrate their holiest holiday under a coronavirus lockdown. "Darkness and death do not have the last word," he said.

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