Covid in India: Prime minister Narendra Modi has held several meetings with chief ministers and officials since the pandemic hit to keep informed about the course of the disease in the country.
Prime minister Narendra Modi will chair a video-conference meeting with various chief ministers at noon to review the Covid-19 situation in the country. Home minister Amit Shah and health minister Mansukh Mandaviya are expected to attend, news agency ANI reports, and health secretary Rajesh Bhushan will make a presentation. The meeting comes amid a worrying uptick in daily Covid cases – this morning India reported nearly 3,000 cases in 24 hours, an increase of 17 per cent from Tuesday.
Among the topics likely to be discussed today are the status of the national vaccination drive (with focus on the administration of precautionary doses) and states reporting high Covid cases.
The prime minister has held several meetings with chief ministers and government officials since the pandemic hit the country in 2020, to keep informed about the course of the disease in the country.
On Sunday, during his ‘mann ki baat‘ address to the nation, Modi urged people to remain alert and follow Covid safety protocols, particularly during festive seasons. He reminded people to wear masks when in public or crowded spaces and regularly sanitise their hands to keep Covid at bay.
Earlier this week the Drugs Controller General of India approved emergency use of two vaccines – Biological E’s Corbevax and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin – for children under 12. This has been hailed as a milestone move that paves the way for young children to be vaccinated against the disease.
Covid cases worldwide continue to dominate headlines with the spread of the omicron variant (and several sub-variants) driving case numbers in China and several European nations.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged all countries to maintain surveillance of coronavirus infections in the wake of the latest surge in cases. The global health body said on Tuesday the world was ‘blind’ to how the virus was spreading because of falling testing rates.
With input from ANI
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