Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday evening met top officials to discuss the COVID situation in the country and the progress of the vaccination drive.
PM Modi who has concluded his poll campaign in Bengal at least for now has invited a lot of criticism for focusing on elections at a time when the nation is battling COVID amid reports of shortage of beds, injections, and infrastructure.
Modi has so far had two COVID-related meetings this week and a third in the last two weeks.
The government in a statement said it has directed that the installation of approved medical oxygen plants is sped up and that 162 oxygen plants are being installed in 32 states and Union Territories, funded by the PM-CARES fund.
This is being done to tackle the shortage of oxygen in the country.
During the meeting, Modi also reviewed the status of the supply of Remdesivir and other medicines.
Earlier Modi had also met several ministries to take stock of the government action amid COVID. He had also met chief ministers of some of the worst-affected states via video conference to discuss the situation.
COVID in India
India recorded 2,34,692 new COVID cases, the highest spike ever since the pandemic began taking the total cases to over 1.45 crore. This is for the third day that per day COVID cases are crossing the 2 lakh mark. There are now 16,79,740 active cases while 1,26,71,220 people have recovered from the disease.
It also saw 1,341 fatalities, the highest recorded so far. In all the country added 10 lakh new cases in the last six days. Maharashtra recorded 63,729 new infections taking its total caseload to over 37-lakh. Delhi recorded the second-highest cases with 19,486 new infections in the last 24 hours.
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