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PM Modi asks Gujarat, others to ramp up COVID-19 testing


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said 10 states in India, including Gujarat, will have to defeat the coronavirus pandemic for India to win the battle against the deadly virus. PM Modi said this during a virtual meeting with chief ministers to review coronavirus situation in the country

Notably, the 10 states pointed out by PM Modi account for over 80 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases in the country.

“A view has emerged that if we defeat coronavirus in 10 states, the nation will also win,” PM Modi said. He added that states need to follow a new mantra in which they will have to test all those who have come in contact with an infected person within 72 hours.

It also came out during the discussion that states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana and Gujarat need to ramp up COVID-19 testing.

Who were present in the meeting?

The chief ministers who attended the meeting include Yogi Adityanath, E Palaniswami, Mamata Banerjee, Amarinder Singh and K Chandrasekar Rao. Uddhav Thackeray, Vijay Rupani, Nitish Kumar and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also attended the meeting.

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Meanwhile, Karnataka was represented by its deputy chief minister.

Identification within 72 hours slows down infection

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that as per experts, if COVID-19 cases are identified within 72 hours of onset, then infection slows down to a great extent. He added that containment, contact tracing and surveillance are the most effective weapons against coronavirus.

He also spoke about home minister Amit Shah’s experience in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in Delhi and adjoining areas.

CMs enlist demands from Centre

During the meeting, the chief ministers also put forth various demands from the Centre. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded a liberal financial package to fill the shortage in revenue collections. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami also raised his demand in the meeting. He demanded that the Union government should bear 50 per cent cost of the RT-PCR tests. He also said that Centre should finance the high-end ventilators required by the state.


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