Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair meeting to discuss India’s Covid-19 situation


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a video conference meeting at 12 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, official sources said.

The meeting would be convened amid rising COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the sources said.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister had urged citizens to remain vigilant and continue to follow COVID-appropriate behavior, including washing hands at regular intervals and wearing face masks. On his monthly program Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister said that in the coming days festivals such as Eid, Akshaya Tritiya, among others, would be celebrated.

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“All these holidays are of restraint, purity, charity and harmony. I greet you all in advance on these holidays. Celebrate these holidays with great cheerfulness and harmony,” Modi said. . “In the midst of all this, you also have to be alert to the corona (virus). Wear a mask, wash your hands at regular intervals, whatever prevention measures are necessary, continue to follow them,” said the Prime Minister .

Official sources had said on Saturday that Modi would hold a meeting on Wednesday with chief ministers regarding the emerging COVID-19 situation in the country via video conference. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan would make a presentation on the matter, sources said.

According to data from the Union Health Ministry updated on Sunday, 2,593 new coronavirus infections were reported in a day, bringing the total number of cases in India to 4, 30, 57,545, while cases assets rose to 15,873. The death toll climbed to 5 22,193 with 44 new fatalities, the data showed.

The cumulative doses administered in the country, so far, under the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign exceeded 187.67 crores.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday that the central government had already issued a cautionary alert. He added that a slight increase in COVID-19 cases had been recorded in Maharashtra and Kerala over the past 8-10 days.

“Based on the experience of the last three waves, experts have also suggested appropriate precautionary measures. Already, the Minister of Health has also issued some instructions. Clear instructions would be issued for the management of COVID-19 in state after the videoconference with the prime minister,” he added.

With PTI and IANS entries


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