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PM Modi to discuss Covid-19 challenges with chief ministers tomorrow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
Apr 01, 2020 03:41 PM IST

India’s status in the battle against coronavirus disease will be discussed at PM Modi’s video conference with chief ministers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with all chief ministers on Wednesday to discuss India’s status in the battle against coronavirus disease and the way ahead, according to news agency ANI.

PM Modi will hold a video conference with all chief ministers of all states tomorrow.(HT Photo)
PM Modi will hold a video conference with all chief ministers of all states tomorrow.(HT Photo)

PM Modi’s decision to hold the meeting via video conference comes at a time the central government is trying to contain the Nizamuddin setback to its efforts to restrict the spread of the highly contagious Sars-Cov-2 pathogen that has, according to the World Health Organisation, killed over 36,000 people across the world.

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At a status-check meeting with chief secretaries earlier on Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba had also told states to scrupulously trace every Tablighi Jamaat and then their contacts to stop the disease from spreading any faster than it already is.

According to the health ministry, there were 1,600 confirmed Covid-19 cases that had led to the death of 38 people in India.

Gauba told chief secretaries that they should carry out intensive contact tracing of the Tablighi Jamaat participants “as this has increased the risk of containment efforts of Covid-19,” a government statement said.

Gauba said this exercise should be carried out “on a war footing”.

According to the World Health Organisation database, the disease is in the local transmission stage in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ordered a 21-day national lockdown on March 24 in his televised address to the nation to stop the disease from spreading. Cabinet Secretary Gauba noted that the lockdown was now being implemented effectively all over the country, a reference to the flagrant violations in Delhi last week when tens of thousands of migrants reached the national capital’s borders with Uttar Pradesh.

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