PM Narendra Modi stresses on night curfew, COVID-19 norms to fight coronavirus spike

April 08, 2021 | Updated 8:48 pm

PM Narendra Modi stresses on night curfew, COVID-19 norms to fight coronavirus spike File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Source: PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the COVID-19 situation with Chief Ministers of all states and Union territories via video conferencing on Thursday. During the virtual address, PM Modi appealed to everyone to undergo COVID19 testing and said how important it is to concentrate on micro-containment zones.

“I appeal to you all to stress on COVID19 testing. Our target is to do 70% RT-PCR tests. Let the number of positive cases come high, but do maximum testing. Proper sample collection is very important, it can be checked through proper governance,” PM Modi said during meeting with CMs.

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“We must concentrate on micro-containment zones. In places where night curfew has been imposed, I would urge to use the word ‘Corona Curfew’, to continue alertness about coronavirus. It will be better to start curfew timing from 9pm or 10pm till 5am or 6am,” he added.

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Narendra Modi also emphasised on the fact how important night curfews are in the fight against this novel virus and also on the importance of following COVID-19 norms.

India reported 1,26,789 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. The numbers jumped again for April 7, from 1,15,736 new COVID cases on April 6. An increase of more than 11,000 cases, as the country, witnesses the second wave of infection.

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Among states, Maharashtra continues to lead with a maximum load of new cases. The state until Wednesday reported a jump from 55,469 cases to 59,907 cases on Wednesday which pushed its total case tally to 31,73,261 cases. The number of active cases in Maharashtra also jumped by 29,289 cases and now stands at 5,02,982 cases till April 7. After Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh follows with 10,310 new cases and Karnataka reported 6,150 new cases in the last 24 hours, as per health ministry data.

India has surpassed the United States to become the fastest vaccinating country in the world with an average daily rate of 30,93,861 vaccine doses, said the Union Ministry of Health on Wednesday.