- The target is to bring down the fatality rate below 1 per cent soon: PM
- People have become aware and are cooperating in fighting COVID-19: PM
- PM says that 80% of active cases in the country are from 10 states
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the COVID-19 review meeting on Tuesday with the chief ministers and representatives of 10 states that are worst affected by the pandemic said that containment, contact tracing and surveillance are the most effective weapons in the battle against the coronavirus. The 10 states which participated in the video conference with the Prime Minister to discuss the current situation and plan ahead for tackling the pandemic include Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh. These states, according to the PM are responsible for 80 per cent of the country’s COVID-19 active cases. He said that if the virus is defeated in these states, then the country will also emerge victorious in its fight against the pandemic.
Had an extensive interaction on the COVID-19 situation with Chief Ministers of 10 states. CMs highlighted the efforts by their respective Governments to tackle the pandemic.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 11, 2020
While addressing the representative from 10 states, the Prime Minister said,
The Centre and states have been able to work as a team in the fight against COVID-19. Our experience so far is that containment, contact tracing and surveillance are the most effective weapons against the pandemic, with experts of the view that if cases are identified within 72 hours of onset, then infection slows down to a great extent. The number of daily tests has reached almost 7 lakh and is increasing continuously, which has helped in early identification and containment.
अब तक का हमारा अनुभव है कि कोरोना के खिलाफ
ये सबसे प्रभावी हथियार है!
अब जनता भी इस बात को समझ रही है,
लोग सहयोग कर रहे हैं।
ये जागरूकता की हमारी कोशिशों के एक अच्छे परिणाम की तरह है: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 11, 2020
The Prime Minister pointed out that the number of active cases in the country stands at over six lakh, and most of the cases have been reported from the 10 states and said that these states play a very important role in the fight against COVID-19. The Prime Minister highlighted the need for the representatives from the 10 states to sit together, review and discuss the situation of COVID-19 in their respective states in order to learn from each other’s experiences and best practices.
During the video conferencing, the Prime Minister appreciated the collective efforts of the people and that people are becoming aware and are cooperating in the fight against COVID-19. Mr. Modi added,
We need to follow a new mantra – all those who have come in contact with an infected person should be traced and tested within 72 hours. This should be followed with the same earnestness as washing, maintaining social distance and wearing masks.
Increase Testing, Bring Down Fatality Rate: PM To CMs Of 10 States
Emphasising on reducing the fatality rate, Mr. Modi asserted that the average fatality rate in the country is amongst the lowest in the world is continuously going down. He also said that said that the target of bringing down the fatality rate below one per cent can be achieved soon.
Mr. Modi raised concerns about low testing in some states and said that states like Bihar, Gujarat, UP, West Bengal and Telangana are required to ramp up COVID-19 testing.
In response to the Prime Minister’s call for the worst affected states to build strategies to tackle coronavirus, K Sudhakar, Medical Education Minister of Karnataka said,
The state will be working towards bringing down the death rate which is currently almost 1.8 per cent- almost at par with the national average of 1.9 per cent.
Minister Sudhakar also added that the state has requested the PM for providing support in setting up of liquid oxygen plants as part of COVID-19 management and also urged the Centre to help in doubling up the graduate and postgraduate medical seats in the state in order to meet the need of medical personnel in the near future. Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao also requested the Centre’s support in increasing medical seats in the state to fight not only COVID but other diseases also in the days to come.
On the lines of Karnataka and Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy also informed the PM that the state’s ultimate objective at any point in time was to save lives by providing correct and high-quality care and treatment.
The country, as of August 12, has over 6.39 lakh active cases while 15.83 people have recovered from COID-19 and over 45,000 have succumbed to the disease. Out of the total active cases, maximum- 1.48 lakh active cases are in Maharashtra, over 87,000 cases are in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka has almost 80,000 cases, Tamil Nadu has 53,000 cases, Uttar Pradesh has over 47,000 cases, Bihar has over 28,000 cases, West Bengal has over 26,000 cases, Telangana has over 22,600 active cases while Gujarat has over 14,000 active cases and Punjab has over 8,500 cases.
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