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PM Modi’s Virtual Meet With Chief Ministers As Covid Cases Surge



India’s lively caseload has shot up 2.85 lakh this time final week to over 11.1 lakh right this moment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a web based assembly with a variety of chief ministers right this moment amid a large spike in Covid instances nationwide over the previous week.

The Prime Minister has urged all state leaders to make sure enough well being infrastructure on the district degree, and to speed up the vaccination drive for kids between 15 and 18.

Those attending embrace Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam), Charanjit Channi (Punjab), V Narayanasamy (Puducherry), Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) and Biplab Deb (Tripura).

Basavaraj Bommai (Karnataka) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram) logged in too, as are Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

The Prime Minister held a gathering on Sunday as properly, by which he met Mr Shah, Mr Mandaviya and senior authorities officers and emphasised the necessity to scale up testing and genome sequencing.

Fresh curbs have been imposed by states to examine the unfold of latest infections.

The spike in instances comes as 5 states – together with the politically key and densely populated Uttar Pradesh – prep to carry Assembly elections over the subsequent two months. The others voting are Punjab (one of many few remaining Congress-ruled states), Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.

Given the steep enhance in instances in poll-bound states – on Sunday UP reported a 1300 per cent enhance in instances in per week and 16 of Punjab’s 22 districts have a positivity fee over 5 per cent – there have been strident calls to postpone the elections.

The Election Commission, nevertheless, dismissed these calls, pointing to the Constitution and mentioned it might announce guidelines to minimise the unfold of the virus throughout campaigning and voting.

The ballot physique has banned bodily marketing campaign occasions and rallies until January 15.

The authorities has additionally rolled out vaccinations for kids between 15 and 18 years outdated, in addition to booster, or ‘precautionary’ doses for frontline staff and people over 60 with co-morbidities.

This morning India reported over 2.47 lakh new instances within the earlier 24 hours – a rise of 25 per cent from yesterday and a staggering 172 per cent from one week in the past.

The nation’s lively caseload has shot up 2.85 lakh this time final week to over 11.1 lakh right this moment.

The third wave of Covid infections in India is being fueled, partially, by the considerably extra transmissible Omicron variant that was first reported in South Africa in November final 12 months.

India’s first case was on December 2 and, as of this morning, almost 5,000 have been confirmed. Experts, although, warn the quantity may very well be far increased given the gradual tempo of genome sequencing.

With enter from ANI

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