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Government Is Committed To Ensuring Adequate Availability Of COVID Vaccines, Increase RT-PCR Testing: PM Modi

PM Modi said that in this stage of the fight against the coronavirus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity

Government Is Committed To Ensuring Adequate Availability Of COVID Vaccines, Increase RT-PCR Testing: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (April 14) virtually interacted with Governors and Lieutenant Governors of all states and union territories regarding the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing vaccination drive in the country. According to PMO, PM Modi said that the values and sense of duty of people are the biggest strengths in the battle against COVID-19, along with the vaccines. He also praised the citizens who participated in this battle last year, considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of “Janbhagidari” (public participation) needs to be encouraged now as well.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also attended the interaction. The Prime Minister also mentioned that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilisation of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving victory over COVID-19.

Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between state governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organisations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

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He also suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the state governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies, according to the PMO release.

PM Modi noted that the Indian youth, the workforce, is an important part of the economy, therefore, it is important to ensure that the youth follows all COVID-19 related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in university campuses towards this “janbhagidari”.

We also need to focus on better utilisation of facilities at university and college campuses, he added.

Discussing the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, he said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increased RT-PCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become ‘Aatmanirbhar’ with respect to kits and other material related to testing. He also emphasised the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RT-PCR testing needs to be increased from 60 to 70 per cent, while urging that more and more people should get tested.

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He also underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines, highlighting that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

According to the official statement, Vice President Naidu also appreciated PM Modi for leading the fight against COVID-19 and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic, highlighted the contributions of the scientific community, healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. Mr Naidu called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about COVID-appropriate behaviour.

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Meanwhile, Mr Shah stressed the importance of saving each and every life, while the Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive.

As per the PMO statement, they gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how “janbhagidari” can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups. India has been witnessing a massive surge in COVID-19 cases and reported a record number of over 1.84 lakh infections on Tuesday.

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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