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‘Need quick, decisive steps’, says PM Modi during chief ministers’ meet on Covid-19 surge

By Priyanka Verma 
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‘Need quick, decisive steps’, says PM Modi during chief ministers’ meet on Covid-19 surge

NEW DELHI: To stop the emerging “second peak” of Covid-19 immediately, India needs to take quick and decisive steps, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday during a virtual meet with chief ministers to discuss the prevailing Covid-19 situation and the vaccination drive in the country. The Wednesday meeting coincided with India recording this year’s highest single-day tally of fresh Covid-19 cases.

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PM Modi’s last interaction with chief ministers was in January before the vaccination roll-out. In Wednesday’s interaction though, chief ministers of Bengal and Chhattisgarh were absent.

.The Prime Minister remarked that we need to identify mutants of coronavirus and assess their effects.

.The confidence we have achieved from our battle against the coronavirus should not be turned into carelessness. We have to solve the problem without creating panic.

.We need to continue our strategy of ‘test, track and treat’. We need to track the maximum number of contacts of an infected person and we need to keep the RT-PCR test rate above 70 per cent.

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.Most of the Covid-affected countries in the world had to face several waves of Corona. In our country too, cases have suddenly started increasing in some states. CMs have also expressed concerns.

.We have to increase testing in small cities. We have to pay special attention to “referral system” and “ambulance network” in small cities.

.Today in India more than 96 per cent of the cases have recovered. India is one of those countries where the fatality rate is one of the lowest.

.The pace of vaccination has increased with India inoculating more than 3 million people in a single day. However, we also have to consider the problem of vaccine wastage very seriously.

.Over 10 per cent vaccine wastage has been reported in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In UP it is almost the same. Reasons behind vaccine wastage should be reviewed.

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.To stop wastage, we need monitoring every evening and we need to contact pro-active people to avoid wastage of the Covid-19 vaccine.

.It has now become necessary for us to become pro-active. We have the option of making micro-containment zones wherever necessary. We should not bring leniency.

India recorded 28,903 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday marking the highest single-day tally this year, taking the total Covid-19 tally to 1,14,38,734, according to the health ministry data.

The death toll increased to 1,59,044 with 188 new fatalities, the highest in around two months, the data updated at 8 am showed. As many as 3,50,64,536 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered so far.

However, vaccinating more than 3 crore people which is less than 1 per cent of the population, in two months is not fast enough, according to a parliamentary panel. Expressing concern over a large number of people missing the second dose, the panel emphasized the need to cover maximum people as early as possible in the ongoing vaccination drive, which started on January 16.

The latest surge in Covid-19 cases in India is dominated by six states. Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala collectively account for 83.91 per cent of the 28,903 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, as per the ministry data.

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If we leave out Kerala, then the rest of the five states account for 71.1 per cent of the 28,903 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra alone accounts for 61.8% of the daily new cases with 17,864 cases. It is followed by Kerala with 1,970 while Punjab reported 1,463 new cases. On the other hand, 15 states/UTs have not reported any Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu, Nagaland, Tripura, Ladakh, Manipur, Mizoram, Islands, Arunachal Pradesh.

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