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PM Modi to hold Virtual meetings with States over COVID-19 situation

PM Modi to hold Virtual meetings with States over COVID-19 situation

Tuesday 24th November 2020

The Prime Minister, till now, has held several virtual meetings with states over the coronavirus situation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with chief ministers of various states over the COVID-19 situation, through video conferencing on Tuesday.

He had earlier chaired several meetings with chief ministers in the past six months over the pandemic.

The Government of India has decided to depute high-level Central teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh to support these States in COVID-19 response and management. These States have been either reporting a rise in the number of active cases i.e. those who are hospitalized or are in home isolation under medical supervision, or demonstrating a rise in the daily new cases, the Union Health Ministry said.

The Health Ministry said that the three-member teams will visit the districts reporting a high number of COVID cases and support the State's efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.

Earlier, the Central government had sent high-level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Manipur, and Chhattisgarh.

On November 20, the Prime Minister held a meeting to review India's vaccination strategy and discussed important issues related to the progress of vaccine development, regulatory approvals, and procurement with top officials.

India's coronavirus count crossed the 91-lakh mark on Monday after 44,059 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The overall cases reached 91,39,866 including 4,43,486 active cases and 85,62,641 recoveries. With 511 new deaths, the death toll mounted to 1,33,738.

The country is reporting around 30,000 to 47,000- daily new cases for the past few days.

At a recently held meeting of the Niti Aayog, issues like emergency authorization, advance procurement, pricing of vaccines were discussed - a development that comes after Pfizer and Moderna have said they would seek the emergency authorization of their vaccines, which have proved around 95% efficacy in the trials.

This meet by PM Modi is among the several conducted to review the handling of a disease outbreak by states and come up with a strategy for reducing the burden on public health infrastructure.

The Centre has been leading the fight against Covid-19 in the country in effective collaboration and close coordination with the states. The central government is supporting them to ramp up healthcare and medical infrastructure.

As of Monday, India’s Covid-19 caseload went past 91 lakh with 44,059 coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 85,62,641, according to the Union Health Ministry data. There are 4,43,486 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as of the date which comprises 4.85 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.

For 16 days now, India has been registering less than 50,000 Covid-19 cases daily.