PM Modi to hold Covid-19 review meeting with top officials at 8pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting at 8pm on Saturday to review the Covid-19 and vaccination situation in India. Top officers across various ministries will participate in the meeting.
The meeting comes after India on Saturday recorded1.45 crore Covid-19 cases with 2,34,692 fresh infections - the sharpest-ever daily spike. 1,341 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours as the country saw deadliest day of coronavirus pandemic this year.
PM Modi, earlier in the day, appealed that annual Kumbh Mela "should now only be symbolic" amid the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that it will give a boost to fight against the disease.
The Prime Minister yesterday held a high-level meeting about the efforts being made by the government to import medical grade oxygen to bridge the demand-supply gap.
Meanwhile, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan earlier in the day chaired a high-level review meeting with the health ministers of 11 states/UTs to review measures taken by them for prevention, containment and management of recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
Hospitals running out of oxygen supply and crematoriums struggling to keep up have caused worry as authorities struggle to curb the chain of transmission amid the fast-growing second wave of Covid-19.
The surge in coronavirus cases is being reported as several states continue to report Covid-19 vaccine shortage. According to the health ministry data, over 12 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far.
India is carrying out the world's largest vaccine programme which began on January 16. Earlier this month, the Covid-19 vaccine net was widened to those who are 45 years or above.