March 21, 2023

‘Stay alert, don’t panic’, PM exhorts proactive, pre-emptive, collective approach to battle Covid: Key points | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with chief ministers over the Covid-19 situation in the country in light of the spike in cases due to the Omicron variant.
Home minister Amit Shah and health minister Mansukh Mandaviya also attended the meeting, which was held via video conference.

Here are the key points in PM Modi’s address to the CMs:

  • “We must stay alert, but we must also take full care that a situation of panic isn’t created,” the PM said, adding that it is very important to safeguard the economy and livelihood of common people while framing Covid strategies.
  • Modi told the chief ministers that a ‘proactive, pre-emptive, collective’ approach is needed to ensure that an alarming situation does not arise.
  • We need to further accelerate the ‘Har Ghar Dastak‘ programme to reach 100% vaccination coverage, the PM said, adding: “The quicker we give precaution doses to front-line workers and senior citizens, the more secure our healthcare system will get.”
  • Stating that vaccines are the best weapons to fight Covid, PM Modi said that all efforts have to be made to make sure no misinformation is spread about vaccines.
  • We have vaccinated nearly 3 cr adolescents within 10 days; This shows India’s potential, our preparedness to deal with this challenge: PM
  • India has given the first dose to over 92% of its eligible population. Nearly 70% eligible people have got their second doses as well. India has already vaccinated nearly 3 crore 15-18 year old children as well: PM
  • “Focus must be on local containment to curb spread of Covid. We should also ensure that a maximum number of people are cured within home isolation norms,” PM Modi said.
  • Home-made ayurvedic, traditional remedies will also be helpful: Prime Minister
  • In addition to fighting Omicron, we also need to be ready for any future variants of this virus, PM Modi said at the review meeting with the CMs.
  • Rs 23,000 crores package allocated by the Centre to states has been utilized well with many states strengthening their health infrastructure. Center & states need to follow this pre-emptive, collective, and proactive approach this time too: PM
  • Alertness of people and administration must not fall short in festive season: PM

The meeting comes on a day when India logged 2,47,417 new infections, the highest in 236 days, taking the tally to 3.6 crore, which includes 5,488 Omicron cases. The active caseload currently stands at 11,17,531, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
Fresh curbs have been imposed in various parts of the country to check the spread of the highly transmissible virus.
Reviewing the Covid situation at a high-level meeting on Sunday, the PM had called for ensuring adequate health infrastructure at the district level and accelerating the vaccination drive for adolescents in mission mode.
The precaution vaccination drive for healthcare and frontline workers, besides those over 60 years of age with comorbidities, has also started.
Vaccination remains among the most effective means to fight Covid, the PM had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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