PM holds review meeting on Covid, says states should be helped

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PM Narendra Modi (file pic)

New Delhi (NVI) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the Covid-19 related situation in the country and directed that states be given help and guidance about leading indicators to ramp up healthcare infrastructure.

The meeting attended by some senior ministers and officials also discussed the need to ensure quick and holistic containment measures, an official statement said.

The meeting was held on a day when the country recorded a huge jump in the Covid cases, with 4,12,262 cases being reported in the last 24 hours against 3,82,315 during the preceding 24 hours.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister noted that an advisory was sent to the states to identify districts of concern where coronavirus positivity is 10% or more and bed occupancy is more than 60% on either oxygen supported or ICU beds, the statement said.

Modi was given a detailed picture on the Covid outbreak in various states and districts and was informed about the 12 states which have more than 1 lakh active cases. The PM was also apprised about the districts with high disease burden.

The Prime Minister was also briefed about the ramping up of healthcare infrastructure by the states.

The meeting also reviewed the availability of medicines and was told about the “rapid augmenting” of production of medicines including Remdesivir, the statement said.

The Prime Minister reviewed the progress on vaccination and the roadmap for scaling up production on vaccines in the next few months.

He was informed that around 17.7 crore vaccines have been supplied to the states.

The meeting reviewed the state wise trends on vaccine wastage.

The Prime Minister was briefed that around 31% of eligible population over the age of 45 has been given at least one dose.

“PM spoke about the need to sensitise states that the speed of vaccination doesn’t come down. Citizens should be facilitated for vaccination despite lockdowns and healthcare workers involved in vaccination must not be diverted for other duties,” the statement said.