PM Modi reviews COVID situation, says need to sensitise states so that vaccination pace doesn’t come down

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the overall situation as the country battles a deadly second wave of Covid-19.

He was given a detailed picture on the Covid outbreak in various states and districts. He was informed about the 12 states which have more than 1 lakh active cases.

“The PM was briefed about the ramping up of healthcare infrastructure by the states. The need to ensure quick and holistic containment measures was also discussed. PM noted that an advisory was sent to the states to identify districts of concern where case positivity is 10 per cent or more and bed occupancy is more than 60 per cent on either oxygen supported or ICU beds,” the PMO statement read.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need to sensitise states so that the speed of vaccination doesn’t come down as he undertook a comprehensive review of the Covid-19 related situation in the country.

Modi said citizens should be facilitated for vaccination despite lockdowns and healthcare workers involved in vaccination must not be diverted for other duties.

The Prime Minister directed that states should be given help and guidance about leading indicators to ramp up healthcare infrastructure and he was briefed about ramping up healthcare infrastructure by the states.

The PM also reviewed the availability of medicines. He was briefed about the rapid augmenting of production of medicines including Remdesivir.

He also reviewed the progress on vaccination and the roadmap for scaling up production on vaccines in the next few months. He also reviewed the state wise trends on vaccine wastage.

The PM was briefed that around 31% of the eligible population over the age of 45 has been given at least one dose.

The meeting was attended by Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dr Harsh Vardhan and other senior ministers.