PM Narendra Modi To Meet Chief Ministers Through Video Conferencing To Discuss Upsurge In COVID-19 Cases

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be meeting the Chief Ministers through a video conference to discuss about the sudden upsurge in the COVID-19 cases in India.

Aditi Sharma

March 18, 2021

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene an urgent meeting with State Chief Ministers via video conference on 17th March. This meeting would be held to discuss the growing cases of COVID-19 in the country and the ongoing vaccination drive. This would be the first time that the PM would meet the ministers after the vaccination drive began in India.

According to reports, the virtual meeting will be held at 12.30 PM on March 17. The meeting has been called after a massive surge in Coronavirus cases were recorded in several states. The health minister, Dr. Harshavardhan said that the COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly in some states of India. He also mentioned that this upsurge is due to people not taking any precautionary measures and ignoring the COVID-19 guidelines. The Health Minister also urged people to follow coronavirus measures like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing despite the availability of a vaccine against the disease.

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The PM had announced that the Centre organised free vaccination for nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first round and suggested that public representatives should not be part of this initial exercise. The mass vaccination drive organised in India is in its second stage in which people over 60 years of age, and those aged above 45 years are being vaccinated. According to the Union Health Ministry, India registered 26,291 cases, a rise of 8,700 active cases on Monday.

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This is also the highest single-day spike in 85 days, taking the country’s infection tally to 1,13,85,339. The number of deaths due to the pandemic increased to 1,58,725 with 118 more fatalities being recorded in 24 hours. According to the Health Ministry, there are eight states that are most affected by the second wave of COVID-19. This includes Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka.

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