File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

PM Modi to chair key meeting on Covid-19 situation today

  • As of Monday morning, the nationwide tally stands at 15,061,919 after 273,810 people tested positive for the viral infection in a single day. The death toll rose by 1,619 and currently stands at 178,769.
By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2021 11:53 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday chair a key meeting to review the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country. The meeting comes as India's Covid-19 tally breached the 15 million mark on Monday amid worries that the surge could be the result of Covid-19 variants. It has also been attributed to the laxity in following protocols after the government relaxed the Covid-19 induced restrictions enforced after the first wave last year.

As of Monday morning, the nationwide tally stands at 15,061,919 after 273,810 people tested positive for the coronavirus disease in a single day. The death toll rose by 1619 and currently stands at 178,769.

Chief ministers of states like Maharashtra, Delhi and Jharkhand, have said they are facing a severe shortage of essentials, including oxygen supply and medicines like Remdesivir. Over the past few days, they have also written to the Centre seeking intervention and adequate supply.

After states' request, the Indian Railways has announced special trains call 'oxygen express' that will transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders to Maharashtra and other destinations. On Saturday, the railways formulated guidelines to allow transportation of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers after the Maharashtra government and Madhya Pradesh made a request to meet the shortage of the gas used for Covid-19 patients in the state.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand sought a nod from the Centre to import 50,000 vials of the key Covid-19 drug, Remdesivir, from a Bangladeshi pharmaceutical company.

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