New Delhi: The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in India have resulted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi having a meeting with the chief ministers of all the states and Union Territories. In a virtual meeting held on Wednesday (March 17, 2021), PM Modi told the chief ministers to immediately stop the emerging second peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister also called for ramping up testing in smaller towns and cautioned against the spread of the virus in the villages.
“We will have to stop the emerging second peak of Coronavirus immediately,” PM Modi said.
He also stated that there is a need to take the issue of wastage of COVID-19 vaccines doses very seriously.
Speaking at the interaction with Chief Ministers. https://t.co/s0c7OSK8zK
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2021
“States like Kerala, UP, Chhattisgarh overly dependent on antigen tests, RT-PCR tests should make for over 70 percent of overall testing,” PM noted.
He highlighted India’s fight against COVID-19 and said that it is cited as an example in the world.
“Our recovery rate over 96 percent and fatality among lowest,” PM Modi said.
The meeting comes a day after when India witnessed a single day rise of 28,903 new COVID-19 cases. According to the Union Health Ministry, there are now 2,34,406 active coronavirus infections across India. Country’s total tally has jumped to 1,14,38,734, of which, 1,59,044 have succumbed to the virus, while 1,10,45,284 people have recovered.