Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the Chief Ministers of various states today regarding the COVID-19 situation via video conference.
The Chief Ministers praised the leadership of the Prime Minister in the fight against Covid. They thanked the Prime Minister for the smooth implementation of the vaccination drive all across the country, while also giving their inputs and suggestions to further expand the vaccination coverage.
The challenge of maintaining Covid appropriate behaviour in the general public was also discussed, in light of the recent rise in the number of cases in some states. The Chief Ministers agreed on the requirement of greater vigilance and monitoring of the situation.
The Home Minister listed out the districts on which the Chief Ministers need to put special focus, in order to contain the spread of the virus. The Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on the current Covid situation in the country and the vaccination strategy.
Addressing the Chief Ministers, the Prime Minister said that more than 96% of the cases in India have recovered and India is having one of the lowest fatality rates in the world. He expressed concern about the high test positivity rate in Maharashtra and MP. 70 districts of the country witnessed 150 percent rise in the last few weeks. He urged to stop this emerging "second peak" of Corona immediately and warned that if we do not stop this growing pandemic now, then a country-wide outbreak can occur.
For stopping this emerging "second peak" of Corona, the Prime Minister stressed the need to take quick and decisive steps. Noting that the seriousness of the local Administration about the use of masks is going down, the PM called for immediate addressing of the governance problems at the regional level. He warned that the confidence which came from our achievements in the battle against Corona should not turn into negligence. He further stressed that the public should not be brought to panic mode and at the same time also get rid of trouble. He stressed the need to strategize by incorporating our past experiences, in our efforts.
The Prime Minister noted the need for provision of micro containment zones. He stressed the need to be serious about 'Test, Track and Treat' as we have been doing for the last one year. He said it is very important to track every infected person's contacts in the shortest time and keep the RT-PCR test rate above 70 percent. He insisted on more RT-PCR tests in states which give more emphasis to Rapid antigen tests like Kerala, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and U.P.
The Prime Minister urged to increase testing and to pay special attention to the "referral system" and "ambulance network" in small cities. He said this is because now the whole country has opened up for travel and the number of people travelling has also increased. He stressed on the need for a new mechanism for sharing information among themselves. Similarly, responsibility of following the SOP for surveillance of the contacts of the travelers coming from abroad have also increased.
The Prime Minister remarked that we need to identify mutants of coronavirus and assess their effects. He lauded the continually increased pace of vaccination in the country and the vaccination rates crossing more than 3 million vaccinations in a single day. But at the same time he warned to take the problem of vaccine doses wastage very seriously. He noted that the vaccine waste in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to the tune of 10 percent. He urged to immediately correct the drawbacks of planning and governance at the local level to reduce vaccine waste.
The Prime Minister summed up that along with the above steps the basic steps to prevent the spread of this infection are wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, taking care of cleanliness etc. He urged that there should be no laxity in such steps and people's awareness will have to be raised on these subjects. He called for increasing the number of vaccination centres and asked to stay vigilant about the vaccine expiry date. ‘Dawai bhi aur kadai bhi’ insisted the Prime Minister.
हमें कोरोना की इस उभरती हुई "सेकंड पीक" को तुरंत रोकना होगा।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 17, 2021
इसके लिए हमें Quick और Decisive कदम उठाने होंगे: PM @narendramodi
कोरोना की लड़ाई में हम आज जहां तक पहुंचे हैं, उससे आया आत्मविश्वास, लापरवाही में नहीं बदलना चाहिए।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 17, 2021
हमें जनता को पैनिक मोड में भी नहीं लाना है और परेशानी से मुक्ति भी दिलानी है: PM @narendramodi
‘टेस्ट, ट्रैक और ट्रीट’ को लेकर भी हमें उतनी ही गंभीरता की जरूरत है जैसे कि हम पिछले एक साल से करते आ रहे हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 17, 2021
हर संक्रमित व्यक्ति के contacts को कम से कम समय में ट्रैक करना और RT-PCR टेस्ट रेट 70 प्रतिशत से ऊपर रखना बहुत अहम है: PM @narendramodi
हमें छोटे शहरों में टेस्टिंग को बढ़ाना होगा।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 17, 2021
हमें छोटे शहरों में "रेफरल सिस्टम" और "एम्बुलेंस नेटवर्क" के ऊपर विशेष ध्यान देना होगा: PM @narendramodi
देश में वैक्सीनेशन की गति लगातार बढ़ रही है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 17, 2021
हम एक दिन में 30 लाख लोगों को वैक्सीनेट करने के आंकड़े को भी पार कर चुके हैं।
लेकिन इसके साथ ही हमें वैक्सीन doses waste होने की समस्या को बहुत गंभीरता से लेना है: PM @narendramodi