PM Modi to chair Covid-19 review meet at 4.30pm as active caseload nears 6 lakh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a review meeting of the Covid-19 pandemic situation across the country at 4.30 pm on Sunday.
The review meeting comes amid a massive rise in the nationwide coronavirus tally with 1,59,632 fresh cases registered only in the last 24 hours.
The active caseload currently stood at 5,90,611, while the daily positivity touched 10.21 per cent.
The fast-spreading Omicron variant that is said to be driving the latest resurgence in cases in India and across the world has been detected in 27 states in the country with a total of 3,623 cases.
During his last pandemic review meeting on December 23, last year, the PM had asked senior officials to maintain a high level of vigil and alertness. At the time, the country had seen a daily spike of a little over 7,000 Covid cases. “In view of the new variant (Omicron), we should be ‘satark’ (alert) and ‘saavdhan’ (take precaution),” the PM had said, while stressing the need for continued adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Meanwhile, dates have been announced for a seven-phased election in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. A little over a fifth of India’s population will vote between February 10 and March 7. The Election Commission has, however, put a ban on rallies till January 15 amid the raging pandemic.
The Union health ministry said the latest figures were the highest in 224 days. On May 29 last year, India had logged 1,65,553 infections in a day, the ministry said, adding the national Covid-19 recovery rate has decreased to 96.98 per cent.
Delhi and Maharashtra continued to remain the top contributors with both recording over 20,000 coronavirus cases in a day till last available figures. Both the places have seeing a rapid resurgence of the pandemic in a very short span of time