New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country in the wake of the rise in cases, fuelled by the Omicron variant. He also asked to accelerate the vaccine drive for adolescents in a mission mode.
According to the government statement, PM Modi in wake of the COVID surge said, “There is a need for continuous scientific research in testing, vaccines and pharmacological interventions including genome sequencing given that the virus is evolving continuously.”
Vaccination for adolescents must be conducted in “mission mode” and focus on COVID-appropriate behaviour will be critical in the coming days, said PM. He also asked the officials to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level.
He also stressed on Continuing the Jan Andolan, focused on COVID-appropriate behaviour critical in our ongoing battle against COVID-19.
Meeting with the Chief Ministers will be convened to discuss state-specific scenarios, best-practices and the public health response, he added.
Prime Minister Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting to assess the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country, ongoing preparedness of health infrastructure and logistics, status of the vaccination campaign in the country and the emergence of new COVID-19 variant Omicron and its public health implications for the country.
The Health Secretary in the meeting briefed PM Modi about the global scenario of the pandemic. Health officials presented the current situation of the country to Prime Minister.
Tweeting about the same, PM Modi said, “Had extensive discussions on the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Reviewed the preparedness of healthcare infrastructure, the vaccination drive, including for youngsters between 15 and 18, and ensuring continuation on non-COVID healthcare services.”
PM Modi last held a COVID meeting on December 24, in which he urged officials to stay ‘satark’ (alert) and ‘saavdhaan’ (vigilant’) as India scrambles to contain a third wave of infections.
Meanwhile, as per the Health Ministry data, the country witnessed 1,59,632 fresh coronavirus cases over the previous 24 hours, raising the tally to 3,55,28,004 crore, which included 3,623 cases of Omicron.
Delhi and Maharashtra are reporting the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country.