Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India is in a much better position than various other countries in terms of recovery and fatality rates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Modi, however, pointed out that some states have registered a surge in COVID-19 cases.
PM Modi said this while addressing a virtual conference with chief ministers.
PM Modi asks states to prepare for vaccination
The Prime Minister, while speaking on the issue of availability of COVID-19 vaccine, said safety is equally important as speed when it comes to a vaccine. He said India will choose a vaccine for its citizens that will be safe on all scientific parameters.
PM Modi said the Centre will chalk out a strategy with states on how the vaccine will be distributed. He also asked state governments to start working on their cold storage facilities. The prime minister also asked the state governments to send detailed plans on how they intend to vaccinate their population.
PM Modi also asked states to set up task force/steering committees at the district or block level to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine programme.
Notably, the meeting was also attended by Union home minister Amit Shah and health minister Harsh Vardhan. The chief ministers who participated in the virtual interaction include Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal, Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot, West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra’s Uddhav Thackeray, Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel and Gujarat’s Vijay Rupani.
Bring positivity rate down
The PM asked CMs to work to bring the positivity rate below 5 per cent and fatality rate under 1 per cent.
“After seeing good recovery rates, many think the virus is weak and they will recover soon. This has led to rampant carelessness. Those working on vaccines are doing it but we need to focus on ensuring that people are alert and transmission is curbed. We have to bring positivity rate under 5 per cent,” PM Modi said.
India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 91.77 lakh
The health ministry on Tuesday informed that 37,975 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 91.77 lakh.
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.
1.34 lakh deaths due to COVID-19
Also, 480 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 1,34,218.
86.04 lakh patients recovered
Of the 91.77 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 4.38 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is below 5 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 86.04 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far. Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 93.76 per cent.
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