New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss the COVID-19 situation with Chief Ministers of all states and Union territories via video conferencing on Thursday. The meeting will take stock of the overall COVID situation while many states like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and others have imposed stricter restrictions to combat the spike in cases.
This will be the second meeting within this week, in which they will examine issues related to COVID-19 cases and vaccinations. In the previous meet, PMO had decided to send official teams to Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab to address the spike recorded by them.
In the past week, many COVID-19 affected states have said that they are facing a shortage of COVID vaccines and many have stock that will last no more than 2-3 days. They have urged the Centre to release more vaccine doses, to continue the vaccination programmes.
On April 6, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had reiterated that there is no shortage of vaccines in the country. Amid another spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, Vardhan said everything is still under control but pointed lapses, including casual behaviour and carelessness behind the surge.
The Health Ministry, on April 7, wrote to all States and UTs that COVID-19 vaccination sessions may now be organized at workplaces (both public & private) which are having about 100 eligible and willing beneficiaries by tagging these workplaces with an existing COVID Vaccination Center (CVC). To support the States in this initiative, guidelines have been prepared and the same have conveyed by the Union Health Secretary to the States and UTs. These guidelines will support the State and District Programme Managers with the requisite information and guide them on organizing vaccination sessions at such workplaces (both public & private). Such work place vaccination centres may be launched across States and UTs from April 11, 2021.
COVID cases in India, which had plateaued in September last year and had recorded a gradual decline, spiked this week when India on Wednesday reported as many as 1,15,736 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike ever in India’s COVID-19 tally so far. States like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala cumulatively account for 80.70 per cent of the new cases in the country.