Covid cases reducing but challenge remains: PM

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PM Narendra Modi (file pic)

New Delhi (NVI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the active cases of coronavirus have ”started to reduce” in the country over the past few days but warned that the challenge remains as long as the infection is present even on the minor scale.

Interacting with state and district officials on the COVID-19 situation through video conference, he asked them to devise their strategies in rural and urban specific way and ensure that rural India is Covid-free.

During the interaction, the officials briefed the Prime Minister about the improving
Covid situation in their respective districts, an official release said.

They shared their experience of using technology for real-time monitoring and capacity building. They also informed about the steps taken to enhance public participation and awareness in their districts, it said.

The Prime Minister said Coronavirus has made the work more demanding and challenging and in the midst of these new challenges, new strategies and solutions are needed.

He lauded the outstanding work of the state and district officials in fighting the pandemic and said experiences and feedback from their work in the field, helped in making practical and effective policies.

He added that vaccination strategy is also being pushed forward by incorporating suggestions from states and various stakeholders at all levels, the release said.

The Prime Minister stressed on the need to use local experiences and the need to work together as a country, it said.

He urged to spread messages on keeping villages Corona-free and following COVID-appropriate behaviour, even when cases are declining.

“Every epidemic has taught us the importance of continuous innovation and change in our ways of dealing with epidemics,” the release quoted Modi as saying.

He emphasized that the methods and strategies in dealing with the pandemic should be dynamic as the virus is expert in mutation and changing the format.

He said virus mutation is concerning the youth and children and stressed the need to boost vaccination drive.

On vaccine wastage, the Prime Minister said wastage of a single vaccine means not being able to provide the necessary security to an individual. Therefore he urged that vaccine wastage should be stopped.

The Prime Minister also “emphasized the priority of easing the lives of citizens while saving lives”.

He added that facilities for free ration for the poor, other essential supplies must be provided and black marketing should be stopped.

These steps are also necessary to win this fight and to move forward, he said.