PM Modi recently chaired a review meeting where he urged CMs of states to control COVID-19 by local containment. The Prime Minister had an interaction with the Chief Ministers of all States & UTs via video conferencing on 13th January, Thursday at 4.30 PM.
The review meeting was held for controlling the spike in the Omicron variant cases of coronavirus. PM Modi laid stress on major points like local containment, widespread vaccination, and taking pre-emptive steps. He also praised the State governments for their pro-active and collective approach adoption and cooperation with the Central Government during the previous variants and suggested the same mantra for Omicron variant.
Details About the Meeting
PM Modi’s first meeting of 2022 with the CM’s was conducted with an aim to fight the new variant of coronavirus with a strategy of adequate administration without panicking. The participants of the meeting also included Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
The meeting was called on the day when India logged the highest number of cases in the last 236 days i.e. 2,47,417. PM Modi also gave a clarification on the skepticism of the Omicron COVID-19 variant and its tendency to infect people faster than the previous variants.
About the Omicron variant
The Covid pandemic has come up with its third variant i.e. Omicron. This variant was first reported in South Africa in November last year. In India, its first case was reported on 2nd December last year and 5753 cases have been reported to date. In India, the active rate of the Omicron variant is 3.48% with a daily positivity rate of 14.78%. However, as the variant is considered less severe than the Delta variant, the recovery rate stands at 95.20% in India.
Strategies Suggested in Meeting
At the conclusion of the meeting, PM Modi and the CMs came up with an outcome that ensured higher safety with minimal losses. They came up with a strategy of local containment without affecting the livelihood and economic activities of the common people of India.
PM Modi suggested treatment through home isolation saying that we have had an experience of fighting the pandemic for two years. To implement these strategies several States and Union territories have announced night curfew and weekend curfew.
Inoculation is the Biggest Weapon
PM Modi emphasized preparing for all COVID variants ahead through vaccination with the cooperation of State Governments. He said India has shown its potential to deal with such challenges as India’s vaccines against Covid-19 have been globally acknowledged.
PM Modi said that it is a matter of pride for every Indian that today India has achieved vaccination of 92% of the adult population in the country for the first dose and around 70% for the second dose. Within 10 days, India has also vaccinated about 30 million of its adolescents.
Talking about the narratives on vaccine’s inefficiency in the new variant, PM Modi said that vaccination is the only sure-shot way to come out of the pandemic. Modi also suggested India’s age-old wisdom of drinking kadha even though it is not a medicine. Modi ended his interaction by saying “This is the third year of India’s fight against the pandemic. India’s victory is certain.”
Previous Meeting Held by PM
Prior to this meeting, a high-level meeting was conducted on Sunday where PM Modi instructed severe containment and active surveillance in groups for reporting COVID cases due to Omicron. The governments of states have imposed fresh limitations in several parts of the nation to control the spread of the new variant of this virus. PM Modi has directed to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level. He also asked officials to coordinate with the states regarding the pandemic.