PM Modi holds high-level meeting with officials over Covid-19 related issues
Covid-19 situation in India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a high-level meeting with senior government officials over all coronavirus disease-related issues and the nationwide vaccination process.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a high-level meeting with senior officials to review coronavirus disease (Covid-19) related issues and the vaccination process. People familiar with the development said the senior officers participating in the meeting include Rajiv Gauba, the cabinet secretary; Pramod Kumar Mishra, the principal secretary to the Prime Minister; Rajesh Bhushan, the health secretary, and Dr Vinod Paul, NITI Aayog member.
India reported 93,249 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the biggest one-day surge since September 19 last year, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare’s data. The country's tally has now shot past the 12.48 million mark and the ministry's dashboard displayed 12,485,509 cases at 8am. With 513 new Covid-19 related fatalities, the death toll has risen to 164,623. According to the health ministry, a total of 7,59,79,651 people have been vaccinated across the country against Covid-19 till now.
Also Read: India reports 93,249 Covid-19 cases, highest daily spike in over 6 months
India is currently the third-worst country hit by the pandemic, just behind the United States of America and Brazil, as per the John Hopkins University's global Covid-19 tracker. The number of new cases being reported in India is more than any other country, and is higher, on average, than the number of new infections in the United States. India's curve is set to overtake Brazil to become the country with the worst outbreak in the world amid a raging second national wave.
Also Read: India Covid-19 curve beats US, set to surpass Brazil
On Saturday, the health ministry had said that eight states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, have shown a steep rise in the daily cases of Covid-19 and account for 81.42% of all new cases reported in India. Maharashtra reported the highest daily cases, accounting alone for nearly 60% (59.36%) of the total active caseload of the country, followed by Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, the ministry added.
Authorities in several states have clamped stringent restrictions, including night curfews to shutting schools and other educational institutions, to battle the surge during the ongoing second wave of the pandemic. In Maharashtra, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has warned of a lockdown if the Covid-19 cases continued to rise.