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PM Modi to chair all-party meeting to discuss COVID-19 pandemic


An all-party meeting to review the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country and the way forward will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Notably, the surge in COVID-19 cases in various states after the festive season and with the onset of winter has resulted in growing concern among the state governments and Centre. A massive surge in coronavirus cases have been reported from states such as Delhi and Gujarat, where poor compliance of safety guidelines was seen during the festive season.

PM Modi’s review meeting

PM Modi, last week, had reviewed the COVID-19 situation in eight states—Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Kerala and Rajasthan. The prime minister had then said that India was in a much-better position that various other countries and has sought the coordination of state government in containing the spread of the pandemic.

PM Modi has also requested state governments to gear up for COVID-19 vaccination and sought their immunisation strategy. He had also warned the state to avoid any laxity in dealing with the pandemic, even if the cases and deaths have decreased.

94.31 lakh coronavirus cases

The health ministry on Monday informed that 38,772 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 94.31 lakh.

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So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

1.37 lakh deaths due to COVID-19

Also, 443 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,37,139.

Previously, the death toll had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.

Similarly, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.

88.47 lakh patients recovered

Of the 94.31 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 4.46 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is below 5 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 88.47 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.


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