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PM Modi chairs high-level meet amid Covid-19 cases surge in the country

By Saima Siddiqui 
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PM Modi chairs high-level meet amid Covid-19 cases surge in the country

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a high-level meeting with all the top officials including, the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary and Health Secretary, to review the Coronavirus-related issues and the ongoing vaccination drive in India as the infection once again grab the country in its clutches.

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Over the last 24 hours, the country saw the biggest daily surge in Covid cases since mid-September, with 93,249 fresh infections, taking the tally to over 1.24 crore. This is the highest since September 19, when 93,337 cases were recorded.

As per health ministry data, eight states alone account for 81.42 per cent of the infections reported in the last 24 hours. The states are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.

The Centre has already asked states to take strong action to enforce the Corona safety measures among the masses including the use of mask and social distancing. The government also blamed growing laxity in implementing the safety measures for the current spike in Covid cases, however, scientists have pointed to the proliferation of mutant strains.

The chief of Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and a top member of the government’s Covid Task Force, Dr Randeep Guleria said it is time to place a bigger range of measures, including containment zones, lockdown areas, ramping up testing, tracing and isolation.

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Earlier, Dr Guleria had said the mutant strains are partly responsible for the spike. However, now he asserted there is a need to have more genome sequencing and the data should be compared to epidemiological data from the ground to identify particular areas where the surge is happening.

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