PM Modi advises strict monitoring of virus mutation during meeting with North-East CMs, Check full highlights

The Prime Minister advised strict monitoring of mutation of the virus and keeping track of all variants. He informed that experts are studying mutations and their impact. He stated that in such scenario, prevention and treatment are critical along with adherence to covid appropriate behaviour.

Created On: Jul 13, 2021 15:11 IST
PM Narendra Modi meets North-East CMs
PM Narendra Modi meets North-East CMs

Prime Minister Nardendra Modi held a virtual meeting with all the Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states on COVID-19 situation on July 13, 2021. 

The Prime Minister emphasised during the meeting that the number of COVID-19 cases is rising. He said that strict action is required to curb the situation at the micro level.

He also stressed that we need to keep an eye on COVID variants and assured that experts are studying them.  He also stated that we need to encourage people to follow COVID19 appropriate behaviour.

Need to accelerate vaccination process: PM Modi

The Prime Minister highlighted the need to  continue to accelerate the vaccination process to combat the possible third wave of COVID-19.

PM Modi further expressed his concern over people travelling without face masks at hill stations & market places.

PM emphasises on keeping track of all COVID variants

The Prime Minister also advised strict monitoring of mutation of the virus and keeping track of all variants. He informed that experts are studying mutations and their impact. He stated that in such scenario, prevention and treatment are critical along with adherence to covid appropriate behaviour.

Home Minister forewarns about letting one's guard down

Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to the Chief Ministers regarding the reduction in the overall daily number of cases but forewarned that this should not lead to one becoming lax and letting one's guard down. He pointed out that some areas of the country are witnessing high positivity rates and emphasized on importance of testing, tracing, tracking and vaccination.

The Union Health Secretary also gave an overview of Covid cases in country and discussed high positivity rate in some of the northeast states. He also briefed about steps taken to boost medical oxygen supply in the region and gave an overview of progress of vaccination.

Northeast CMs' response

• The Chief Ministers of the north-east states thanked the Prime Minister for timely action in handling the pandemic and appreciated the Prime Minister's special care and concern for the North-East States.

• They briefed about progress of vaccination in their respective states and the steps being taken to take vaccines to far flung areas. They also discussed about vaccine hesitancy and the measures being taken to overcome it.

• Further, the Chief Ministers also gave an account of improvement in medical infrastructure to better tackle Covid cases and support lent through PM CARES Fund.

• They assured of taking timely action to bring down positivity rate as well as the number of cases in their States.

Which Chief Ministers attended the meeting?

The meeting was attended by the Chief Ministers of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. 

Why was the meeting important?

• While there has been a steady decline in COVID-19 cases in most parts of the nation, the northeast region has been a cause of concern as the number of cases are either rising or not falling in line with the nationwide trend.

• The total tally of coronavirus cases in the north-east India has reached 8,39,755 with 49,224 active cases, 7,81,044 recoveries and 8,758 deaths. 

• The centre noted last week that at least 46 districts in the North East states are still showing over 10% case positivity rate. The centre called for strict containment measures to be taken to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus in such areas. 

• Overall, 73 districts in the country are still witnessing over 10% positivity rate.

• Following is the weekly positivity rate in the eight northeast states-

Meghalaya- 14.77 per cent

Manipur- 14.69 per cent

Nagaland-7.14 per cent

Mizoram- 8.15 percent

Tripura-9.39 per cent

Assam- 4.41 per cent

Sikkim- 24.98 per cent

Arunachal Pradesh- 6.74 per cent

Background

• The Union Home Secretary had chaired a meeting last week to review the COVID-19 situation in all the North-Eastern states. The meeting involved discussions over the current status and trends of active cases including Case Fatality Rate (CFR), Case Positivity Rate (CPR) and vaccination status in all the northeast states. 

• During the meeting, it was noted that out of 73 districts in the country with Case Positivity Rate (CPR) above 10 percent, 46 districts fall in the northeast, where strict containment measures need to be taken.

• The Union Home Secretary emphasised on following the five-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and COVID appropriate behaviour, as specified by the Home Minister in its order dated June 29, 2021.

• All the north-east states were advised to strictly monitor the situation at district and city level and take timely corrective measures. 

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