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PM Modi's conference with Chief Ministers: Number of cured COVID patients more than active ones

The Prime Minister stated that at present, ventilator and ICU care are needed for very few patients across the country.

Jun 17, 2020 16:53 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi while interacting with the Chief Ministers of 15 remaining states and union territories on June 17, 2020 said that the number of patients recovered from COVID-19 is more than the number of active of coronavirus cases in the country. 

The Prime Minister is interacting with the CMs of 15 states/ UTs that are worst affected ones by coronavirus pandemic including Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. PM Modi had earlier on June 16 interacted with the CMs of 21 states/ UTs to discuss in detail about the current situation after Unlock 1 and the future plan to deal with the virus outbreak. 

Key Highlights 

•  The Prime Minister stated that at present, ventilator and ICU care are needed for very few patients across the country.

•  He repeated his yesterday's statement that India has been able to fight COVID-19 pandemic and control its spread because of the timely measures taken by us.

•  The Prime Minister further noted that just 3 months back, there was a shortage of PPE kits and diagnostic kits across the world and India. 

•  He stated that India had very limited stock of PPE kits and diagnostic kits because we were completely dependent on imports. However, today, more than 1 crore PPE kits and equal number of N95 masks have been distributed to the states. 

•  PM Modi further stated that with the increase in number of corona patients, the expansion of health infrastructure should be our utmost priority.

•  He said that this will happen when each corona patient will get proper treatment and for this all the stakeholders will have to focus on extensive testing so that they can test, trace and isolate infected people. 

The 15 states/UTs participating in today's meeting include:

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Delhi 
  3. Gujarat
  4. Rajasthan
  5. Uttar Pradesh
  6. Madhya Pradesh
  7. West Bengal
  8. Karnataka
  9. Andhra Pradesh
  10. Telangana 
  11. Odisha
  12. Bihar
  13. Haryana
  14. Tamil Nadu
  15. Jammu and Kashmir

Agenda of the Meeting 

PM Narendra will primarily discuss the situation emerging in these states during the first phase of Unlock. Some of these states and union territories including Delhi have seen a huge spike in their COVID number since Unlock-1. The national capital has begun attaching hotels to hospitals as extended COVID facilities to meet the shortage of beds. 

Background

The Prime Minister's two-day interaction with all the state Chief Ministers began on June 16 with a video conference with 21 states and UTs. The participating states included those with comparatively less COVID-19 cases including Kerala, Goa, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

On Day 1 of the interactions, the Prime Minister noted that due to the efforts put in the last two weeks, several green shoots are becoming visible in the economy. He also observed that timely decisions to battle COVID-19 have helped contain the spread of the virus in the nation. 

He also noted that India's fight against COVID-19 will be remembered for how the Centre and States worked together to fight the pandemic. He observed that India has presented an ideal example of cooperative federalism to the world.

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