New Delhi: On Thursday (December 22), Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to assess the COVID-19 situation in the country, preparedness of health infrastructure and logistics, status of the vaccination campaign and the emergence of new COVID-19 variants and their public health implications. The review meeting was called after four new COVID-19 cases of Omicron sub-variant BF.7, which is said to be the strain driving China’s current Covid wave, were reported in the country.
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As per the statement from Prime Minister’s office, in a high-level review meeting PM Modi was briefed about India’s current COVID-19 situation. He was informed that the country has been witnessing a steady decline in cases with average daily cases falling to 153 and weekly positivity down to 0.14 per cent in the week ending December 22. However, since the last six weeks, 5.9 lakh daily average cases have been reported globally.
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5 Things PM Modi Said At COVID-19 Review Meeting:
- Strengthen surveillance: PM cautioned against complacency and advised strict vigil. He reiterated that Covid is not over yet and directed officials to strengthen the ongoing surveillance measures, especially at international airports.
- Prepare Covid infrastructure: PM called to ensure that the entire Covid infrastructure at all levels is maintained in terms of equipment, processes and human resources. He advised states to audit Covid specific facilities to ensure the operational readiness of Hospital Infrastructure, including Oxygen Cylinders, PSA plants, ventilators and human resources. Additionally, PM advised to regularly monitor the availability and prices of essential medicines.
- Ramp up testing and genome sequencing: States have been asked to share a larger number of samples with the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories (lGSLs) for Genome Sequencing on a daily basis.
- Follow Covid-appropriate behavior: PM urged everyone to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour at all times – wearing a face mask in public places, maintaining social distance and washing hands with soap at regular intervals – especially in view of the upcoming festive season.
- Take COVID precautionary dose: Prime Minister urged that that precaution dose may be encouraged especially for vulnerable and elderly groups.
PM Modi once again lauded the Corona warriors, and frontline healthcare workers for their selfless and relentless service to the nation in times of need.
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