New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country amid surge in cases. The meeting came amid a frightening surge in daily new cases; this morning nearly 1.6 lakh were reported in the previous 24 hours – a massive spike from the 27,553 seven days ago.
The review meeting was attended by top health experts, comes as India witnessed a massive spike in daily COVID cases triggered by the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
An increase of 1,18,442 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The country also recorded 40,863 recoveries today, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,44,53,603.
PM Modi last held a Covid meeting December 24, at which he urged officials to stay ‘satark’ (alert) and ‘saavdhaan’ (vigilant’) as India scrambles to contain a third wave of infections.
Meanwhile, as the country sets foot in a potential third wave of the pandemic, the Election Commission has announced a schedule for the upcoming Assembly Elections. The polls will be held in 7 phases from Feb 10 to March 7. In view of the rising virus cases, the poll body has put a ban on physical rallies, roadshows and procession till January 15.
Voting time have been extended by an hour and only 1,250 people will be allowed per both, with states urged to ensure that all voters and polling staff are, at least, double vaccinated.
The Delta variant, which accounted for over 60 per cent of India’s Covid cases before the third wave, remains active in the country as well, the government has said.
(With Inputs from ANI)