Coronavirus: Prime Minister Modi meets with top ministers | India News
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on Tuesday with the main ministers of different states on the situation of Covid-19 in the country, via videoconference. Tuesday’s meeting is in line with previous meetings chaired by the Prime Minister in the past six months on the pandemic.
Leaders attending Tuesday’s meeting included Interior Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
During the interaction, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal informed Prime Minister Modi that Delhi saw a peak of 8,600 Covid-19 cases as of Nov 10 at the third peak and since then the cases and the positivity rate have been steadily declining.
Explaining the high severity of the third wave, the Prime Minister of Delhi said that several factors, including pollution, are responsible for it and sought the intervention of Prime Minister Modi in the burning of stubble from the contiguous states, especially in view of the recent biodecomposer, cited the Prime Minister’s Office (CMO).
Kejriwal also sought to reserve 1,000 additional ICU beds in central government hospitals until the third wave lasts, CMO said.
In order to assist states in responding to and managing Covid-19, the government has been delegating high-level core teams to states and has so far been in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, 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 senior officials.
Later in the day, the prime minister will also hold a virtual meeting with top ministers and other representatives of the union’s states and territories via video conferencing to discuss the vaccine distribution strategy. Five vaccine candidates are in advanced stages of development in India, of which four are in phase II / III and one in phase I / II trials.
India’s coronavirus count surpassed the 91 lakh mark on Monday after 44,059 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
(With inputs from agencies)