New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to hold two crucial meetings on the Covid-19 pandemic Tuesday, with one of them being the review meeting with eight states, five of which account for about 53 per cent of the total active cases in the country.
The other one is the meeting Modi will hold with all states and union territories on the delivery of Covid vaccines.
The review meeting will be attended by Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Of these, Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal and Rajasthan are the top five states in in terms of new cases in the last 24 hours, and all of them also account for about 53 per cent of the country’s total active cases.
Gujarat has been witnessing a spurt in cases post-Diwali, so much so that the state government has now resorted to night curfews to control the spread in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat reported 1,495 new cases in the last 24 hours and its case fatality rate stands at 1.95 per cent, which is significantly higher than the national average of 1.46 per cent.
Chhattisgarh, meanwhile, accounts for about 4.38 per cent of the total 4,43,486 active cases in the country. In the last 24 hours, the state reported 1,748 new positive cases.
In the last few days, even as the national Covid numbers have come down from the September-high of over 95,000, central teams have been rushed to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Manipur, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to take stock of the Covid situation there.
“We monitor the status of states on a daily basis and also look at projections so that we can identify potential hotspots before the actual breakout happens. We have also been talking to states regularly and giving them our inputs, but review meetings like this help take stock of the big picture and also helps states learn from each others’ experiences,” said a senior health ministry official.
Meeting on vaccine delivery
The meeting on Covid vaccine delivery is scheduled immediately after the review meeting with the eight states.
This meeting is expected to lay down a clear roadmap for the preparations for Covid vaccinations, while there are hopes that the first vaccine to be licensed in India could be the one developed by Oxford University if it does manage to get approval from the UK drug regulator.
“This meeting is crucial because it is important for all states to be on the same page on the vaccine delivery plan. We have already identified priority groups and taken stock of our cold chain. We have already asked states not to move on vaccines on their own. This is important because there are many different options, many different storage requirements and we also need to take stock of the vaccinators we have. We have already reached out to the private sector on this,” said the above-quoted health ministry official.
Modi has taken several meetings earlier on vaccine delivery during which the priority groups were identified, and the prime minister had also asked the health ministry and the states to work on a model similar to the one for holding of elections in order to reach every single person in the country.
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