PM Modi interacted virtually with the Chief Ministers of various states on the Coronavirus situation in the country and the vaccination-related issues on April 8, 2021.
The meeting with the Chief Ministers has come in the wake of rising fresh cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.
As per the statement by PMO, there has been an alarming rate of growth of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 with 10 states contributing to more than 91% of cases and deaths due to COVID infection.
PM Modi’s last interaction with the Chief Ministers was on March 17, 2021. He had expressed concern over the rising cases of infections and had called for quick and decisive steps to check the emerging second peak.
PM Modi asks for suggestions to tackle the COVID-19 situation:
Prime Minister Modi in a meeting with the Chief Ministers of all the states on the current Coronavirus situation in the country stated that a challenging situation is emerging again. He asked for suggestions to tackle the effect of the pandemic.
PM Narendra Modi holds meeting with Chief Ministers on the current COVID19 situation
"A challenging situation is emerging again. I request you all to give your suggestions to tackle the COVID19 situation", says PM Modi pic.twitter.com/5KABtkPXxM
While highlighting the problem of rising cases, Prime Minister Modi pointed that many states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab have crossed the first wave of a peak in the cases. He added that this is a serious concern as people have become complacent and in most states administration has also relaxed.
We need to fight the second surge in cases. Many states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Punjab have crossed first wave of peak in COVID19 cases. This is a serious concern. People have become complacent. In most States administration has also become relaxed: PM pic.twitter.com/vsZuxRFgRt — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
Prime Minister during the virtual meet noted that there is a need to work on war footing again to fight the pandemic. Despite all the challenges, India has a better experience, resources, and vaccine.
There is a need to work on war footing again to fight COVID19. Despite all the challenges, we have a better experience, resources & a vaccine: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/nkP8dBc9ek — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
PM Modi stresses on COVID-19 testing, sets target to do 70% RT-PCR tests
Prime Minister Modi during the meeting appealed to all the Chief Ministers to stress COVID-19 testing. He added that our target is to do 70% RT-PCR tests and said that even though the positive cases will be high, the maximum testing must be done. Prime Minister mentioned that the proper sample collection is significant and it can be checked through proper governance.
He added that COVID-19 tracing and tracking is the only way to curb the spread of Coronavirus infections.
I appeal to you all to stress on COVID19 testing. Our target is to do 70% RT-PCR tests. Let the number of positive cases come high, but do maximum testing. Proper sample collection is very important, it can be checked through proper governance: PM Modi during meeting with CMs pic.twitter.com/Ml35BVLY3q — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
Prime Minister Modi has suggested that we must concentrate on the micro-containment zones. He urged to use the word 'Corona Curfew' in the places where the night curfew has been imposed. He added that it will be better to start the curfew timing from 9 PM or 10 PM till 5 AM or 6 AM.
We must concentrate on micro-containment zones. In places where night curfew has been imposed, I would urge to use the word 'Corona Curfew', to continue alertness about coronavirus. It will be better to start curfew timing from 9pm or 10pm till 5am or 6am: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/BXZukPcPuC — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
On the issue of mortality rate, PM Modi highlighted that the governments must make sure that it remains as low as possible. We also must have comprehensive data on the patient's illness as this will help in saving their lives.
During our discussion, we raised the issue of mortality rate, we have to make sure it remains as low as possible. We should have comprehensive data about patients illnesses etc. this will help save their lives: PM Modi to CMs pic.twitter.com/kXl8AcMyXn — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
11th to 14th April to be observed as 'Tika (Vaccination) Utsav' for COVID-19 vaccination: PM Modi
Prime Minister Modi has asked to once again create awareness about the significance of wearing a mask and for following COVID-19 safety protocol.
Once again we need to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a mask and following COVID19 safety protocols: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in meeting with CMs pic.twitter.com/UtKnFZIW0R — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
PM Modi during the meeting has also asked to prioritize (vaccine distribution) with what we have. He added that we won't get the result by keeping vaccines in one state. It is not right, we have to manage by thinking about the whole country.
We need to prioritise (vaccine distribution) with what we have. We won't get the result by keeping vaccines in one state. It is not right to think in this way. We have to manage by thinking about the country: PM Modi — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
CM of Maharashtra and Bihar attend meeting with PM Modi
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar attend the meeting of Chief Ministers with PM Narendra Modi on the COVID19 situation in the country pic.twitter.com/LsIh4NXep6 — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
5-fold strategy to curb infections:
Prime Minister Modi on April 4 had chaired a high-level meeting for reviewing the Coronavirus situation as well as the ongoing vaccination program in the country.
During the meeting, he mentioned the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour, and vaccination and added that if implemented with commitment and seriousness, will be effective in controlling the spread of the pandemic.
PM Had also directed the central teams of clinicians and public health specialists to be sent to Maharashtra because of the high caseload and deaths in the state. Likewise, the teams to be sent to Chhattisgarh and Punjab due to the disproportionate number of deaths being reported.
COVID-19 cases in India:
According to the Union Health Ministry, the country has reported 1.26,789 new cases of Coronavirus infection, 685 deaths, and 59,258 discharges in the last 24 hours.
India reports 1,26,789 new #COVID19 cases, 59,258 discharges, and 685 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry
Total cases: 1,29,28,574
Total recoveries: 1,18,51,393
Active cases: 9,10,319
Death toll: 1,66,862
Total vaccination: 9,01,98,673 pic.twitter.com/EDiGfB5kA3 — ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
Apart from Delhi and Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat have also been recording the highest-daily surge in Coronavirus infection.