Mumbai: Amid the sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while interacting with chief ministers via video conferencing, cautioned everyone in view of the fresh rise in infections in some states in the last two weeks.
He said in the meeting, “This is our 24th meeting regarding the coronavirus in the last two years. The way the Center and the states worked together during the Corona period, has played an important role in the country’s fight against Corona.”
The Prime Minister said that the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet, adding that Omicron and its variants may still cause havoc as seen in countries in Europe.
“Despite managing the COVID crisis well as compared to other countries, we can see that cases are increasing in the states now. We have to be careful. It is clear that the threat of coronavirus is not completely over yet. How Omicron and its variants can create a serious situation, we can see in the countries of Europe.”
Urging the states to follow the ‘Test, Track and Treat’ strategy, the Prime Minister said that “we have to stop the infection at the earliest”.
The Prime Minister also called for raising awareness about precautionary dosing and augmenting the medical infrastructure and manpower of medical colleges and district hospitals.
“We have to promote COVID-appropriate behaviour in public places,” he said.
PM Modi said the rise in cases is a cause for concern for parents as schools across the country opened after a long time, while the “good news” is that people aged 6-12 will be vaccinated. start early.
“It is our priority to vaccinate all eligible children at the earliest. For this, as before, special campaigns will be required in schools. Teachers and parents should be aware of this, we have to ensure that too,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that it should be ensured that the work of upgrading the infrastructure continues at a fast pace.
“We are in a much better position to have facilities like beds, ventilators and PSA oxygen plants but we also have to ensure that these facilities remain functional.”