New Delhi: Amid the unprecedented surge in the Covid cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country. During the meeting PM Modi urged authorities to further accelerate vaccine drive for adolescents in mission mode. He also said that intensive containment & active surveillance should continue in clusters reporting higher cases & required technical support be provided to states reporting higher cases presently.Also Read – Assembly Election 2022: Health Ministry Removes PM Modi’s Photo, Name From Vaccine Certificates In 5 Poll-Bound States
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi said that a meeting with chief ministers will be convened to discuss state-specific scenarios, best-practices, and the public health response. He highlighted the need to ensure continuity of non-Covid health services while managing Covid cases presently. Also Read – Nepal To Make ‘Vaccination Cards’ Mendatory For Entry Into Public Places Amid Surge In COVID Cases
During the review meeting, PM Modi stressed on the need to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level. He asked officials to maintain coordination regarding this with the states. Also Read – Puducherry Orders Closure of Schools From Standard 1 to 9; Online Classes to Continue
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya To Hold Meeting With State Health Ministers
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will also hold a meeting with state health minister to discuss Covid-19 situation. The meeting will take place at 3:30 pm and to be attended by health ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu.
India Covid Tally
India reported a total of 1,59,632 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest in 224 days, while the active cases increased to 5,90,611, the highest in around 197 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday, January 9. A total of 552 new cases of Omicron were reported, taking the total tally of Omicron infections to 3,623 across 27 states and UTs so far, according to the data updated at 8 am on January 9.
Out of the total Omicron cases, 1,409 people have migrated or recovered. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,009 cases followed by Delhi at 513, Karnataka 441, Rajasthan 373, Kerala 333 and Gujarat 204. On May 29 last year, India had logged a total of 1,65,553 infections in a day. The official death toll climbed to 4,83,790 with 327 fresh fatalities, the data stated. The 327 new fatalities include 242 from Kerala and 19 from West Bengal.