PM Modi to virtually meet state CMs today as India’s daily COVID-19 spike crosses 1-lakh mark

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KEY STORY

  • In wake of a surge in coronavirus cases in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting with chief ministers on Thursday to discuss the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing vaccination drive.
  • The Prime Minister is likely to interact with chief ministers at 6.30 pm.
  • The meeting to be held through video conferencing comes a day after India reported over 1.15 lakh new coronavirus infections, a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic, pushing the nationwide tally to 1,28,01,785.
  • The one-day spike in coronavirus cases crossed the 1-lakh mark Wednesday for the second time in three days.
  • The Prime Minister had last interacted with chief ministers on March 17 during which he had expressed concern over the spike in COVID-19 cases in parts of the country and called for “quick and decisive” steps to check the “emerging second peak”.
  • Prime Minister Modi had on Sunday held a high-level meeting with senior officials to review the COVID-19 situation and vaccination exercise in the country amid the “alarming rate of growth” in infections and deaths.
  • PM Modi had said the five-fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination, if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment, would be effective in curbing the spread of the pandemic, according to an official statement that was released after the meeting.

CONCLUSION

  • The reasons for the sharp rise in cases could be mainly attributed to the severe decline in compliance of COVID-appropriate behaviour, especially in the use of masks and social distancing, pandemic fatigue and lack of effective implementation of containment measures at the field level, according to the statement.
  • In the meeting, the prime minister had highlighted the need to enforce the COVID-appropriate behaviour in the coming days and ensure the availability of beds, testing facilities and timely hospitalisation.

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