Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level review meeting with his Cabinet colleagues and top officials on Sunday, with the daily count of new Covid cases reaching 1.75 lakh, the highest single-day tally in 226 days, and decided to convene a meeting of chief ministers to discuss “state-specific scenarios, best-practices, and the public health response.”
The Prime Minister listed health infrastructure at the district level, masks, and effective implementation of home isolation in mild cases as key measures to combat the surge at Sunday’s meeting, which was also attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was informed of the global pandemic situation during the meeting. Officials from the Ministry of Health briefed him on the situation in India, the states and districts of concern, and the efforts done thus far by the ministry. PM Modi received a progress report on the immunization of teens between the ages of 15 and 18. Vaccination of teenagers began on January 3 in the country, and according to health ministry statistics, 31 percent of adolescents had received their first shot within the first seven days. “The Prime Minister commended this success and asked the government to continue to intensify the immunisation push for adolescents in mission mode,” the government said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus infection spread rapidly, with states reporting over 1.75 lakh cases.
PM Modi emphasized the need to maintain Covid-appropriate behavior and asked that rigorous confinement and active monitoring be carried in clusters reporting greater instances.
PM Modi urged authorities to use telemedicine in distant rural regions to ensure that non-Covid health services are not disrupted.
“Vaccination coverage via precaution dosage for healthcare staff, front line employees should also be taken up in mission mode,” the Prime Minister urged, according to the statement.
Amit Shah, Union Home Minister, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, Niti Aayog member (health) Dr. VK Paul, ICMR Director General Dr. Balram Bhargava, and other senior health ministry officials were in attendance. On Monday, Health Minister Dr. Mandaviya will meet with health ministers from the states and union territories.